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[grat-is, grey-tis] /ˈgræt ɪs, ˈgreɪ tɪs/
without charge or payment; free:
The manufacturer provided an extra set of coat buttons gratis.
free; gratuitous.
Origin of gratis
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin grātīs freely, contraction of grātiīs with favors, graces (ablative plural of grātia grace)
Can be confused
gracious, gratis, gratuitous. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gratis
  • One instance of this was the disappearance of the so-called gratis personnel.
  • gratis distribution of nets is already being applied successfully in several impoverished countries.
  • Then came gratis chips and three salsas: crème chipotle, fiery red salsa and mild tomatillo.
  • Both lunch and dinner began with buttered and grilled bread slices, a gratis treat that was simple and different.
  • Cooked into a purée, it worked well as a dip for the warm pita bread that was served gratis.
  • Complimentary bruschetta precedes the meal and gratis melon and strawberries end it.
  • There are no monthly membership fees, and the consultant's time is gratis.
  • In between these gratis beginnings and endings is some marvelous food.
  • The best dessert was the churros given gratis to every table.
  • Goldman submitted a bid but offered to provide its services gratis.
British Dictionary definitions for gratis


/ˈɡreɪtɪs; ˈɡrætɪs; ˈɡrɑːtɪs/
adverb, adjective
(postpositive) without payment; free of charge
Word Origin
C15: from Latin: out of kindness, from grātiīs, ablative pl of grātia favour
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Word Origin and History for gratis

mid-15c., "for nothing, freely," from Latin gratis, contraction of gratiis "for thanks," hence, "without recompense," ablative of gratiae "thanks," plural of gratia "favor" (see grace). Meaning "free of charge" is 1540s.

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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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