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[kuh n-grach-uh-ley-shuh n or, often, -graj-, kuh ng-] /kənˌgrætʃ əˈleɪ ʃən or, often, -ˌgrædʒ-, kəŋ-/
the act of congratulating.
congratulations, an expression of joy in the success or good fortune of another.
congratulations, (used to express joy in the success or good fortune of another):
Congratulations! You have just won the lottery!
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Late Latin congrātulātiōn- (stem of congrātulātiō), equivalent to congrātulāt(us) (see congratulate) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
congratulational, adjective
precongratulation, noun Unabridged
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  • She took the congratulations of her rivals and of the rest of the company with the simplicity that was her crowning grace.
  • Nothing but congratulations and affectionate speeches were heard on all sides.
  • congratulations on making it to the top of your ice climb.
  • congratulations on being selected as one of the participants to get to go.
  • Submit your questions, comments or congratulations now for the chance to have it included during this milestone event.
  • congratulations again on your continuing fine coverage of issues of global importance.
  • congratulations on a well-written, comprehensive and well-balanced account.
  • We made our compliment, told him he must let us join our congratulations to those of the nation on the happiness of his house.
  • congratulations is not the right word for a project of this sort.
  • Finally, congratulations to all the writers and editors who produced this year's winning entries.
British Dictionary definitions for congratulations


plural noun, sentence substitute
expressions of pleasure or joy; felicitations
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Word Origin and History for congratulations

1630s, an exclamation conveying a sentiment of congratulation, from congratulation (q.v.).



mid-15c., from Latin congratulationem (nominative congratulatio), noun of action from past participle stem of congratulari "wish joy," from com- "together, with" (see com-) + gratulari "give thanks, show joy," from gratus "agreeable" (see grace (n.)).

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