con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion | \ kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən , -ˌgra-jə-\

Definition of congratulation

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

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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So, congratulations on being the first British female solo artist to reach seven number-one singles on the UK Singles Chart! Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Jess Glynne?," 19 Oct. 2018 If that sounds like an accurate summary of your Instagram feed, first, congratulations on escaping wedding season. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "Clinique Is Revamping Its Iconic Happy Perfume," 6 Sep. 2018 First of all, congratulations on getting this guy out of your life. Charlotte Cowles, The Cut, "My Ex Boyfriend Owes Me $10,000. How Do I Get Him to Pay Me Back?," 7 June 2018 Trump tweeted congratulations to Barletta Wednesday morning. Arit John,, "Pennsylvania’s Voters Break Up All-Male Congressional Delegation," 16 May 2018 Kobe Bryant, who tweeted congratulations to Ogunbowale after the semifinal win, took notice of the final shot. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Arike Ogunbowale hits three-pointer at buzzer to lift Notre Dame to national title," 1 Apr. 2018 Will Fridele, who plays Eric in both shows, tweeted out his congratulations to the happy couple. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, ""Girl Meets World" Star Danielle Fishel is Pregnant and Her Co-Stars Are Freaking Out!," 3 Jan. 2019 But hey, congratulations on all those likes and shares. Casey Newton, The Verge, "Facebook removes misinformation, but only on a technicality," 12 Oct. 2018 Huge congratulations to @evapilgrim who will embark on this new journey with me. Megan Friedman, Good Housekeeping, "Paula Faris Leaves 'Good Morning America' in Tears on Her Last Day as Weekend Anchor," 1 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of congratulation

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for congratulation

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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 \

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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