AskDefine | Define gratis

Dictionary Definition

gratis adj : costing nothing; "complimentary tickets" [syn: complimentary, costless, free, gratis(p), gratuitous] adv : without payment; "I'll give you this gratis" [syn: for free, free of charge]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From gratis.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈgɹɑː.tɪs/ /"grA:.tIs/

Adverb

  1. free, without charge

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Translations

free, without charge
  • Afrikaans: gratis, verniet, kosteloos
  • Arabic: مجانا
  • Danish: gratis
  • Dutch: gratis, kostenloos
  • Esperanto: senpage
  • Finnish: ilmainen, ilmaiseksi
  • French: gratuit
  • German: gratis, kostenlos, frei, kostenfrei
  • Hebrew: חינם, בחינם
  • Indonesian: gratis
  • Italian: gratis
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: خۆڕایی
  • Lithuanian: nemokamas
  • Norwegian: gratis
  • Polish: gratis
  • Portuguese: grátis
  • Romanian: gratis
  • Russian: бесплатно, даром
  • Spanish: gratis
  • Swedish: gratis, kostnadsfri

See also

Afrikaans

Adverb

gratis
  1. free, without charge

Danish

Adverb

gratis
  1. free, without charge

Adjective

gratis
  1. free, without charge (neuter gratis, pl gratis)

Dutch

Pronunciation

Adverb

gratis
  1. free, without charge

German

Adverb

gratis
  1. free, without charge

Italian

Etymology

From gratis

Adverb

gratis

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Adjective

gratis

Synonyms

Latin

Adverb

  1. out of favor or kindness, without recompense or compensation, gratuitously

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Descendants

References

  • Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, 1st edition. (Oxford University Press)

Romanian

Etymology

gratis

Pronunciation

Spanish

Etymology

From gratis

Adverb

gratis
  1. free, without charge

Swedish

Pronunciation

Adverb

gratis
  1. free, without charge

Adjective

gratis
  1. free, without charge (neuter gratis, pl gratis)

Extensive Definition

Gratis versus Libre is the distinction between 'zero price' (gratis) and 'freedom' (libre). Gratis appears in many English dictionaries, including the Oxford English Dictionary. However, libre usually does not at present, and no English adjective signifies freedom only. This distinction is often important in dealing with laws concerning the use of information, such as copyright and patents. The terms are often used in the free software and open source communities, as well as the broader free culture movement, to categorize computer programs according to the licenses and legal restrictions that cover them. Both this expression and the term gratis are used to distinguish freeware (gratis software) from free software.

Gratis

Gratis is the plural ablative form of the first declension noun "grātia" in Latin and used as an adjective in various Romance and Germanic languages (such as Spanish, Portuguese, German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, and Swedish) meaning "for nothing," in the sense that one does not have to pay for some good or service (free of charge), even though the good or service has value.
This is sometimes expressed in the phrase, "free as in free beer", as distinct from "free as in free speech".

Libre

Libre is a word in various Romance languages, such as Spanish and French (descended from the Latin word līber), that denotes the state of being free, as in "having freedom". Members of the free software community often talk about free as in free speech (libre) and free as in free beer (gratis, gratuit), as the word free in English does not distinguish between these meanings. "Free software" usually means the former.

External links and references

gratis in Danish: Gratis contra libre
gratis in German: Kostenlos
gratis in French: Gratuité (économie)
gratis in Galician: Gratis
gratis in Indonesian: Gratis
gratis in Malay (macrolanguage): Percuma
gratis in Dutch: Gratis
gratis in Japanese: 無料
gratis in Kölsch: För ömmesönß
gratis in Swedish: Gratis

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

as a gift, as our guest, charitable, complimentary, costless, eleemosynary, expenseless, for free, for love, for nothing, for the asking, free, free as air, free for nothing, free gratis, free of charge, free of cost, freebie, giftlike, given, gratuitous, gratuitously, on one, on the house, to his heirs, unbought, unpaid-for, untaxed, without charge
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