Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Archaic Used to express surprise or gratitude.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • interj. Thanks; many thanks; an expression of gratitude.
  • interj. Used as an exclamation expressing surprise or sudden strong feelings.
  • n. Thanks.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • interj. A word formerly used to express thankfulness, with surprise; many thanks.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Great thanks; many thanks: used interjectionally to express thankfulness, sometimes mingled with surprise.

Etymologies

Middle English gramerci, from Old French grand merci : grand, great; see grand + merci, thanks; see mercy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English gramerci, from Old French grant merci “great thanks.” (Wiktionary)

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