What word does your mother always say?


[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!
Origin of congratulation
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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for congratulations
  • 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
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.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for congratulation

Many English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for congratulations

Scrabble Words With Friends

Quotes with congratulations