from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The act of expressing joy or acknowledgment, as for the achievement or good fortune of another.
- n. An expression of such joy or acknowledgment. Often used in the plural: sent him my congratulations on winning the award.
- interj. Used to express such joy or acknowledgment: I heard you got a promotion. Congratulations!
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The act of congratulating.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The act of congratulating; an expression of sympathetic pleasure.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of congratulating, or expressing to a person gratification or good wishes at his success or happiness, or on account of an event deemed auspicious; words used in congratulating; felicitation.
- n. Synonyms Congratulation, Felicitation. Congratulation, like its verb congratulate, implies an actual feeling of pleasure in another's happiness or good fortune; while felicitation (with felicitate) rather refers to the expression on our part of a belief that the other is fortunate, felicitations being complimentary expressions intended to make the fortunate person well pleased with himself.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the act of acknowledging that someone has an occasion for celebration
- n. (usually plural) an expression of pleasure at the success or good fortune of another
con- + gratulation, cognate with Latin congratulor (congrātulor, "I congratulate"). (Wiktionary)