[ 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.

  1. British.

    • a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.

    • a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.

Origin of gratuity

1515–25; <Middle French gratuite, equivalent to Latin grātuī(tus) free + Middle French -te-ty2

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British Dictionary definitions for gratuity


/ (ɡrəˈtjuːɪtɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip

  2. something given without claim or obligation

  1. military a financial award granted for long or meritorious service

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