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 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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Rockwell’s work won a note of congratulations from Roosevelt, whose new appointees at the OWI—including a Coca-Cola executive—forced its selection for a war-bond drive. Kevin Baker, Harper's magazine, "Freedom from Inspiration," 10 Mar. 2019 From one bride to the next.....congratulations to my baby sister on this exciting next chapter! Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Hailey Baldwin's Sister Alaia and Cousin Ireland Will Reportedly Be Bridesmaids in Her Wedding," 18 July 2018 Right on cue last night, Pressley tweeted a picture of herself with Ocasio-Cortez and offered congratulations. James Pindell,, "Should Ocasio-Cortez’s upset have Michael Capuano worried?," 27 June 2018 Celebrities from around the world offered congratulations to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, who were married Saturday. Noel Harris, sacbee, "Kings join royal wedding cheer with photo of Divac and Markle. What's the connection? | The Sacramento Bee," 21 May 2018 The governor did tweet Saturday morning his congratulations to the women after Walz reached out to him on Twitter . Doug Feinberg, The Seattle Times, "Walz and Louisville hope to beat UConn twice in season," 30 Mar. 2019 When Josh and Karlie first began dating, Ward reports that Aaron Gell, then-editor of The New York Observer, a newspaper owned by Jared, offered the elder Kushner brother his congratulations. Emma Dibdin, Town & Country, "Josh Kushner’s Parents Apparently Banned Karlie Kloss From Family Gatherings," 19 Mar. 2019 However, other celebrities and musicians commented their congratulations on the photo, including Drake, Lil Yachty, and fellow grime artist Wiley. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "Naomi Campbell Shuts Down Pregnancy Speculation with an Epic Bikini Instagram," 1 Aug. 2018 Among the many foreign leaders offering congratulations: President Trump., "Today: Mexico’s Populist Landslide," 2 July 2018

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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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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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