Simple Definition of gratis
—used to indicate that no money is paid for something
Full Definition of gratis
: without charge or recompense : free <the food was supplied gratis>
Did You Know?
Gratis comes from the Latin word for "favor;" so in English a party favor is a small item given gratis to everyone attending a party. Gratis is used as both an adjective ("The drinks were gratis") and an adverb ("Drinks were served gratis"). But however it's used, it means "free".
Origin and Etymology of gratis
Middle English, from Latin gratiis, gratis, from abl. plural of gratia favor — more at grace
First Known Use: 15th century
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