[ gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo- ]
/ grəˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu- /
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noun, plural gra·tu·i·ties.
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.
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Origin of gratuity
1515–25; <Middle French gratuite, equivalent to Latin grātuī(tus) free + Middle French -te-ty2
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How to use gratuity in a sentence
This is one of those confounded gratuities that is forced in our faces at every turn we make.
It was a device that accomplished, two thousand years ago, the function of our proud Bureau of Seasonal Gratuities.
"I'll have some of the enlisted guests carry these gratuities out to your car," the Major said.
The governors salary was raised to forty pounds—a sum much increased during the year by special gratuities.A short history of Rhode Island|George Washington Greene
It is customary on leaving a ship to give gratuities to servants.The Complete Bachelor|Walter Germain
British Dictionary definitions for gratuity
/ (ɡrəˈtjuːɪtɪ) /
noun plural -ties
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
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