Definition of gratis
: without charge or recompense : free <the food was supplied gratis>
Did You Know?
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".
Origin and Etymology of gratis
Middle English, from Latin gratiis, gratis, from ablative plural of gratia favor — more at grace
First Known Use: 15th century
GRATIS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of gratis for English Language Learners
—used to indicate that no money is paid for something
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