Definition of congratulation in English:


Syllabification: con·grat·u·la·tion
Pronunciation: /kənˌgraCHəˈlāSHən, -ˌgrajə-


  • 1An expression of praise for an achievement or good wishes on a special occasion; the act of congratulating: he began pumping the hand of his son in congratulation
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    • Thanks everyone for popping by with words of congratulation and praise.
    • Laughing is a more involuntary reaction than people are willing to admit sometimes, and to chuckle is a sign of recognition, not congratulation.
    • Muted conversations turn to laughter, shouts of acclaim and congratulation.
  • 1.1 (congratulations) Words expressing congratulation: our congratulations to the winners [as exclamation]: congratulations on a job well done!
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    • The community sends them congratulations and every good wish for a long and happy life together.
    • This is a great achievement and congratulations are extended to all concerned.
    • She has received many messages of congratulations and has been wished many more happy years.
    good wishes, best wishes, compliments, felicitationspraise, commendation, applause, salutes, honor, acclaim, cheers; approval, admiration, compliments, bouquets, kudos, adulation; a pat on the back


late Middle English: from Latin congratulatio(n-), from the verb congratulari (see congratulate).

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