congratulation

noun

con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion kən-ˌgra-chə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio)
-ˌgra-jə-
1
: a congratulatory expression
usually used in plural
Congratulations 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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Word History

Etymology

see congratulate

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of congratulation was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Congratulation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/congratulation. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

congratulation

noun
con·​grat·​u·​la·​tion kən-ˌgrach-ə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce congratulation (audio)
1
: the act of congratulating
2
: an expression of joy or pleasure at another's success or good fortune
usually used in plural

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