noun, plural gra·tu·i·ties.
- 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
He dismissed one hundred and eighty postmen, reinstated them, reprimanded them—and awarded them gratuities.Penguin Island|Anatole France
Having the qualifications, one could earn twenty-five dollars a month in salary and three or four times as much in gratuities.The Spenders|Harry Leon Wilson
It is probable that Williams under-stated the revenue, but it is certain that the income, apart from gratuities, was insufficient.A Book About Lawyers|John Cordy Jeaffreson
His clothes he bought generously; he gave without stint to his children; his gratuities were always liberal.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete|Albert Bigelow Paine
He was met by the janitor with a cordiality born of the remembrance of many past gratuities.Flint|Maud Wilder Goodwin
British Dictionary definitions for gratuities
noun plural -ties
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.