July 27, 2016
congratulation (noun)
\kun-gratch-uh-LAY-shun\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 : the act of congratulating2 : an expression of joy or pleasure at another's success or good fortune -- usually used in plural
How do you use it?
The principal offered his hearty congratulations to the winners of the student council elections.
Are you a word wiz?

Which of these words are cousins of "congratulation"?

If you chose D, congratulations! "Congratulation," "grateful," "grace," and "agree" all trace their origins back to the Latin noun "gratus," meaning "pleasing" or "grateful." "Grace" is the oldest of the four cousins, dating back to the late 1100s and coming into English through Anglo-French. "Congratulation," arriving in English in the 1400s, comes from the Latin "congratulari," meaning "to wish (someone) joy," which derives from "com-" ("with") and "gratus." "Grateful" is next in line, coming almost directly from "gratus" and entering English in the mid-1500s. "Agree" is the youngest. It showed up in the 1600s stemming from the Anglo-French "a gre," meaning "at will," and deriving ultimately from "gratus."
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