grat·​i·​tude | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce gratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Definition of gratitude

: the state of being grateful : thankfulness expressed gratitude for their support

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Examples of gratitude in a Sentence

Let me express my sincere gratitude for all your help. We remember with gratitude those who died defending our country.
Recent Examples on the Web Throughout the game, messages of gratitude for frontline workers were relayed on the videoboard. Jesus Jimenez, Dallas News, "Exhausted after months of work, going to Mavs game gives these frontline workers a taste of normalcy," 11 Feb. 2021 The present is such a gift to be able to stay in the moment and to have gratitude for being in this situation again, and being with the guys and having fans in our stadium and maybe snow in an NFC championship game. Steve Megargee, Star Tribune, "Packers realize how much Rodgers has at stake this weekend," 20 Jan. 2021 But as the season progressed, win or lose, what came into focus was gratitude simply for the structure of the season. Ian Mcnulty,, "Red beans and Saints: reliving a historic season through two New Orleans passions," 18 Jan. 2021 Mikolic finds gratitude for a sunny day, or her dog looking cute curled up in his bed. Julie Washington, cleveland, "‘Try to focus on the blessing’: Concord woman keeps positive thoughts despite long-haul coronavirus — Coping Through Covid," 15 Jan. 2021 Steve also expressed his excitement for Home Again with the Fords, as well as some gratitude for his business partner. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Leanne and Steve Ford Are Returning To HGTV With a Brand New Show Next Month," 6 Jan. 2021 Great Lakes Wine & Spirits, Sysco, Heritage Global Inc. and Hamilton Chevrolet are also owed gratitude for their generous donations. Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Effort to feed health care workers, those in need raises more than $200,000," 3 Jan. 2021 Now the impromptu orchestral and choral performances that turn up on sidewalks and stoops bring tearful joy — a gratitude for all the creativity and artful innovation that animates New York. New York Times, "8 Things We Hated About New York Until 2020 Happened," 25 Dec. 2020 But there’s one area where the tragedy was one-sided — enough to make a 2020 parent feel gratitude during the most ungrateful of years. Peter Hartlaub,, "1,400 orphans in S.F.: Devastating Spanish Flu didn’t spare the young," 21 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of gratitude

1523, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gratitude

Middle English, from Anglo-French or Medieval Latin; Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin gratitudo, from Latin gratus grateful

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The first known use of gratitude was in 1523

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9 Apr 2021

Cite this Entry

“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation or thanks


grat·​i·​tude | \ ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce gratitude (audio) , -ˌtyüd \

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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