adverb or adjective

gra·​tis ˈgra-təs How to pronounce gratis (audio) ˈgrā- How to pronounce gratis (audio)
: without charge or recompense : free
the food was supplied gratis

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Gratis comes from the Latin word for "favor;" so in English a party favor is a small item given gratis to everyone attending a party. Gratis is used as both an adjective ("The drinks were gratis") and an adverb ("Drinks were served gratis"). But however it's used, it means "free".

Examples of gratis in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin gratiis, gratis, from ablative plural of gratia favor — more at grace

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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

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“Gratis.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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adverb or adjective
gra·​tis ˈgrat-əs How to pronounce gratis (audio) ˈgrāt- How to pronounce gratis (audio)
: without charge : free

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