- 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 gratuity
Romney was obliged to be content with a gratuity of twenty-five guineas.Art in England
They are strictly forbidden to receive any fee or gratuity from the passengers.Rollo in London
A gratuity of a month's pay was offered to them, and was by most of them accepted.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
But it took a real man to make the gratuity appear as a favor to the donor.El Diablo
How dare he suppose that I would for a moment accept a gratuity!Her Ladyship's Elephant
David Dwight Wells
- 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 gratuity
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.