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 gratuity
This young gentleman fumbled with a gratuity, then thought better of it—and was gracious enough to return my grin.Observations of an Orderly|Ward Muir
Ae day she fell, her arm she brak—A compound fracture as could be— Nae leech the cure wad undertake,Whate'er was the gratuity.The Book of Humorous Verse|Various
The Company does this as an accommodation and a gratuity to you, but not as a duty.The Fat of the Land|John Williams Streeter
This sum was to go by way of remuneration to the owners of the vessels, and to be in addition to a gratuity of 2d.The History of the Post Office|Herbert Joyce
The stipends of the Masters were raised by means of a gratuity and William Brigge received £30.A History of Giggleswick School|Edward Allen Bell
British Dictionary definitions for gratuity
noun plural -ties
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.