Definition of gratis in English:



  • Without charge; free:

    ‘a monthly programme was issued gratis’
    • ‘All alcohol companies have a certain quota of the stuff that they have to give away gratis every year.’
    • ‘Sincere and heartfelt thanks were rendered to Shane who accommodated the event whilst managing another adult event in another part of the premises and also provided refreshments gratis to all and it went down a treat.’
    • ‘Every day hundreds of thousands of ‘hungry, tired and angry people’ listened to Bolshevik propaganda served up gratis on the streets of Petrograd.’
    • ‘Are these people not prepared to lend their services to the human race gratis?’
    • ‘Thus, you should be free to redistribute copies, either with or without modifications, either gratis or charging a fee for distribution, to anyone anywhere.’
    • ‘Because the piece will not be available on the web until sometime later, we offer gratis this brief summary of the most important points.’
    • ‘While running all over town, if not all over a state, to teach courses, they can hardly be expected to also design curricula gratis.’
    • ‘A gift given gratis is cherished all the more because the gifted does not have to spend money on it.’
    • ‘His youngish stepmother, Joyce, volunteers to baby-sit gratis in view of his straitened circumstances and her recent widowing and resultant loneliness.’
    • ‘In Rome, state-salaried masters in each of the city districts or rioni taught poor students gratis and were allowed to charge a fee to whoever could pay.’
    • ‘By order of the governor, no less, baseball fans are riding home gratis from Yankee Stadium on the D train and the No.4 train and from Shea Stadium on the No.7 train this week.’
    • ‘While capital has often been able to afford to hire its historians and sometimes pay them well, organised labour has more often looked to sympathetic journalists, academics, or activists to do the job gratis or for token reward.’
    • ‘In general, entomologists are all too willing and eager to dispense their knowledge and practice their skills gratis.’
    • ‘If I ever win the lottery, I'd offer my services gratis to these fine institutions and show them how one really determines whether or not someone qualifies for coverage.’
    • ‘Distributing the goods gratis, he figured that you could make an honest wedge creating company-specific applications and customisations to run on the basic system and he was right.’
    free of charge, free, without charge, for nothing, at no cost, without payment, without paying, freely, gratuitously
    on the house, for free
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  • Given or done for nothing; free:

    ‘gratis books’
    • ‘There may not be any such thing as a free lunch, but some first class writing is available gratis.’
    • ‘I'd offer to send you my copy gratis but there are still some relevant sections that I have yet to plunder and research.’
    • ‘Londoners who each work 7.9 gratis hours extra per week - equal to £7,008 per worker over the course of a year - pull up the overall average.’
    • ‘So I figured I'd give you yesterday's and today's, free and gratis, to catch you up to speed.’
    • ‘The show is gratis, but call ahead to reserve tickets.’
    • ‘The event, though laudable, is sadly not gratis.’
    • ‘But Mr Peel got a nasty surprise when he was told that, rather than being gratis, the installation would cost him nearly £100.’
    • ‘On the surface, it seems plausible enough - a free video messaging phone with all the usual gratis bits and bobs.’
    • ‘People will put up with hotels charging $2 for a local phone call, but a place that didn't offer vast quantities of ice gratis would soon find itself out of business.’
    • ‘My glass of draught Kronenberg was expensive at £2.50: but Lili's pitcher of iced tap water, complete with slices of lemon, lime and orange, was free and gratis.’
    • ‘If your brother doesn't give you a copy gratis, you'll just punch him.’
    • ‘So, what if we tell you that there's something gratis coming up?’
    • ‘In fact, just yesterday I received this magazine in the mail - gratis.’
    • ‘I'm not looking for anyone to pay my hosting fees because they are gratis.’
    • ‘He agreed - probably as compensation for doing some gratis proofreading of his book - and we spent half an hour on the phone Sunday evening.’
    • ‘In keeping with the dictates of the No Free Lunch theorems, no items on the menu are gratis, though all seem actually quite affordable.’


Late Middle English: from Latin, contraction of gratiis as a kindness, from gratia grace, kindness.