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

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 Over the years, the Blue Bloods actor Donnie Wahlberg has regularly taken to Instagram and Twitter to share moments with, and gratitude for, his mother, Alma Wahlberg. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 13 May 2022 The Talking Information Center is celebrating over 43 years of providing reading services for the blind and low vision community with an in-person gratitude gala. Globe Correspondent,, 13 May 2022 Walker expressed gratitude for support from the ODU community and the assistance of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). Tyler O'neil, Fox News, 13 May 2022 The Fleet Week Shabbat sponsored every year by Lewis Stahl, and hosted by Chabad, has become a tradition where the local Jewish community is given the opportunity to show their hospitality and gratitude. Linda Chase, Sun Sentinel, 13 May 2022 There’s no better way to show your gratitude than by spending a little extra time together on that special day – and what better way to do so than with a relaxing stay at a deluxe hotel. Nel-olivia Waga, Forbes, 3 May 2022 Family members donated a potato digger to Brother Felix to show their gratitude. Leia Larsen, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Willis’ wife, model Emma Heming, who signed off on the social media statement along with his ex-wife, Demi Moore, and their blended family, took to Instagram on Thursday to show her gratitude. Nardine Saadstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 1 Apr. 2022 Mother’s Day gives people a special opportunity to show their gratitude to the moms, stepmoms, grandmas, aunts, and other maternal figures in their lives. Jamie Ballard, Woman's Day, 18 Mar. 2022 See More

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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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15 May 2022

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“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of gratitude

: a feeling of appreciation

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