grat·​i·​tude ˈgra-tə-ˌtüd How to pronounce gratitude (audio)
: 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.
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Word History


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

First Known Use

1523, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of gratitude was in 1523

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Cite this Entry

“Gratitude.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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grat·​i·​tude ˈgrat-ə-ˌt(y)üd How to pronounce gratitude (audio)
: the state of being grateful

Middle English gratitude "gratitude," derived from Latin gratitudo (same meaning), from gratus "thankful" — related to congratulate, grace

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