Definition of congratulation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kənˌɡrætʃuˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kənˌɡrætʃuˈleɪʃn//
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  1. 1  congratulations [plural] a message congratulating somebody (= saying that you are happy about their good luck or success) to offer/send your congratulations to somebody
  2. 2  Congratulations! used when you want to congratulate somebody ‘We're getting married!’ ‘Congratulations!’ Congratulations on your exam results!
  3. 3  [uncountable] the act of congratulating somebody a letter of congratulation
  4. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin congratulatio(n-), from the verb congratulari, from con- ‘with’ + gratulari ‘show joy’ (from gratus ‘pleasing’).
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: congratulation

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