con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) , -ˌgra-jə- \

Definition of congratulation

1 : a congratulatory expression usually used in pluralCongratulations on your promotion.
2 : the act of congratulating

Examples of congratulation in a Sentence

Let me offer you my congratulations for being elected. Please send her my congratulations. I sent her a letter of congratulations.
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Recent Examples on the Web Apparently, ordinarily Phoenix is satisfied with the system of narcissistic self-congratulation. Armond White, National Review, "For Black History Month, Joaquin Phoenix Wants to Honor Black People," 5 Feb. 2020 Indianapolis Star INDIANAPOLIS -- An early congratulations to George Kittle. Jim Ayello, Indianapolis Star, "Colts Insider: Senior Bowl TE standouts and why they all want to be George Kittle," 27 Jan. 2020 Pitt did not watch her acceptance speech from his seat, but did catch her win backstage before running into her and exchanging congratulations in person. Kaitlin Reilly,, "We Got Our Brad Pitt & Jennifer Aniston Moment & It Wasn’t As Awkward As We Thought," 20 Jan. 2020 Darrelle Revis didn’t have words of congratulations for cornerback Richard Sherman after the San Francisco 49ers booked their ticket to Super Bowl LIV against the Kansas City Chiefs. Henry Mckenna, For The Win, "Darrelle Revis calls out Richard Sherman during NFC title game: 'Stop hiding'," 19 Jan. 2020 The crowds attracted a game warden, who checked everything out and offered his congratulations. The Editors, Field & Stream, "The 20 Best Bucks of the Decade," 27 Dec. 2019 One of McCarthy's former players with the Packers, Davante Adams, also offered some congratulations on Twitter. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "National pundits tweet reaction (and some pretty good jokes) after Dallas Cowboys hire Mike McCarthy," 6 Jan. 2020 To all those who acted at the right time, congratulations. Esten Mclaren, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Should you bet on the Baltimore Ravens to win Super Bowl LIV?," 3 Jan. 2020 Give App State credit, Coach (Steve) Clark did a great job and congratulations to him and his team. Evan Dudley, al, "Odd ball-bounces cost UAB in 31-17 loss in New Orleans Bowl," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of congratulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for congratulation

see congratulate

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9 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Congratulation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of congratulation

: a message telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : words that congratulate someone
used to tell someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck often + on
formal : the act of telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : the act of congratulating someone


con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio) \

Kids Definition of congratulation

1 : the act of expressing pleasure at another person's success or good fortune
2 : an expression of pleasure at another person's success or good fortune usually used in pl.

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