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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Recent Examples on the Web

Get our daily newsletter The outcome prompted joy around the world: Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations. The Economist, "Deliverance for Thailand’s cave-trapped footballers," 12 July 2018 The recipients responded joyfully, sending each other congratulations and emoji of big red hearts. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "Eight drivers, five days: A migrant’s emotional journey to find her daughter," 11 July 2018 Greetings and congratulations, graduates of the class of 2018. Brendan Leonard, Outside Online, "Advice for Leading a Successful Outdoor Life," 12 June 2018 Not a big hashtag man, but congratulations #HamFam!! Maria Pasquini, ajc, "George H.W. Bush ‘finally’ catches ‘Hamilton’ — a goal he shared with late wife Barbara," 20 May 2018 Thank you to all the bakers who submitted recipes and congratulations to our finalists. Claire Perez,, "Pie contestants serve love in every slice," 6 Apr. 2018 The new mom has received congratulations and well wishes from fans and family, including a new adorable shout out from Hailey Baldwin. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin Thinks Kylie Jenner Is Going to Be the “Best Mom Ever”," 8 Feb. 2018 Trump's State of the Union address blended self-congratulation and calls for optimism amid a growing economy with dark warnings about deadly gangs, the scourge of drugs and violent immigrants living in the United States illegally. Greg Larose,, "State of the Union: The 100 words Trump used the most," 30 Jan. 2018 If the answer was yes, congratulations were in order. Elizabeth Kiefer, Glamour, "A Pregnancy Test You Can Flush Down the Toilet Is Almost a Reality," 5 July 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

congratulations : a message telling someone that you are happy because of his or her success or good luck : words that congratulate someone

: 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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