- a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
- something given without claim or demand.
- a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
- a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.
Origin of gratuity
Examples from the Web for gratuities
She gave many alms and gratuities and did not pay her debts.The book of the ladies
Pierre de Bourdeille Brantme
The cooking was excellent, the service irreproachable, and there were no gratuities.Across America by Motor-cycle
C. K. Shepherd
Guides are forbidden to ask for gratuities in excess of the regular tariff.Over the Ocean
He must have carried away half of the gratuities they offered.A Book of Ghosts
Endeavour was relaxed, and gratuities, once received, were looked for again.
- a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip
- something given without claim or obligation
- military a financial award granted for long or meritorious service
Word Origin and History for gratuities
1520s, "graciousness," from French gratuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratuitatem (nominative gratuitas) "free gift," probably from Latin gratuitus "free, freely given" (see gratuitous). Meaning "money given for favor or services" is first attested 1530s.