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[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]
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noun, plural gra·tu·i·ties.
  1. a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
  2. something given without claim or demand.
  3. British.
    1. a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
    2. 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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Related Words for gratuity

bonus, perk, benefaction, offering, alms, token, salve, donation, recompense, boon, bounty, contribution, reward, present, perquisite, largesse, sweetener

Examples from the Web for gratuity

Historical Examples of gratuity

  • Romney was obliged to be content with a gratuity of twenty-five guineas.

    Art in England

    Dutton Cook

  • They are strictly forbidden to receive any fee or gratuity from the passengers.

    Rollo in London

    Jacob Abbott

  • A gratuity of a month's pay was offered to them, and was by most of them accepted.

  • But it took a real man to make the gratuity appear as a favor to the donor.

    El Diablo

    Brayton Norton

  • How dare he suppose that I would for a moment accept a gratuity!

    Her Ladyship's Elephant

    David Dwight Wells

British Dictionary definitions for gratuity


noun plural -ties
  1. a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip
  2. something given without claim or obligation
  3. military a financial award granted for long or meritorious service
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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.

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