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[lahr-jes, lahr-jis] /lɑrˈdʒɛs, ˈlɑr dʒɪs/
generous bestowal of gifts.
the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
Obsolete. generosity; liberality.
Origin of largess
1175-1225; Middle English largesse < Old French; see large, -ice
Can be confused
large, largess. Unabridged
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  • The largesse of which he was so prodigal has but an arbitrary and conventional value.

    Views and Reviews William Ernest Henley
  • All that had been withheld from him, by the mere experience of missing, he was able to bestow with largesse.

    The Lovely Lady Mary Austin
  • There was a brilliant full moon, showering its largesse over the hills.

    The Cricket Marjorie Cooke
  • After the frolic of the largesse was over, the king and queen rose to depart.

    Richard III Jacob Abbott
  • But what about the clothes and the stately progress and the largesse?

British Dictionary definitions for largesse


the generous bestowal of gifts, favours, or money
the things so bestowed
generosity of spirit or attitude
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from large
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Word Origin and History for largesse

also largess, "willingness to give or spend freely; munificence," c.1200, from Old French largesse "a bounty, munificence," from Vulgar Latin *largitia "abundance," from Latin largus "abundant" (see large). In medieval theology, "the virtue whose opposite is avarice, and whose excess is prodigality" ["Middle English Dictionary"]. The Old French suffix -esse is from Latin -itia, added to adjectives to form nouns of quality (cf. duress, riches).

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