- Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus.
- a gratuity or tip.
- an unexpected or indirect benefit.
Origin of lagniappe
Examples from the Web for lagniappe
Gramercy Cellars (Greg Harrington, winemaker) in Columbia Valley–-especially “Lagniappe” Syrah.Taste Off: Super Bowl State Wines From Colorado and Washington
February 1, 2014
At least, I saw her buy a quartie's worth o' coffee and a quartie's worth o' sugar, an' then ask for lagniappe o' salt.
Whyn't you ax fur des one lagniappe o' sugar-plums, baby, bein's it's Christmas?
Lagniappe is a small gratuity which New Orleans children always expect and usually get with a purchase.
We picked up one excellent word—a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word—'lagniappe.'Life On The Mississippi, Complete
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- a small gift, esp one given to a customer who makes a purchase
- something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus
Word Origin and History for lagniappe
"dividend, something extra," 1849, from New Orleans creole, of unknown origin though much speculated upon. Originally a bit of something given by New Orleans shopkeepers to customers. Said to be from American Spanish la ñapa "the gift." Klein says this is in turn from Quechua yapa "something added, gift."
We picked up one excellent word -- a word worth travelling to New Orleans to get; a nice, limber, expressive, handy word -- 'lagniappe.' They pronounce it lanny-yap. It is Spanish -- so they said. [Mark Twain, "Life on the Mississippi"]