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lagniappe

or la·gnappe

[ lan-yap, lan-yap ]
/ lænˈyæp, ˈlæn yæp /
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noun
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.
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Origin of lagniappe

An Americanism dating back to 1840–50; from Louisiana French, from Latin American Spanish la ñapa “the addition,” equivalent to la feminine definite article + ñapa, variant of yapa, from Quechua: “that which is added”
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British Dictionary definitions for lagniappe

lagniappe

lagnappe

/ (lænˈjæp, ˈlænjæp) /

noun US
a small gift, esp one given to a customer who makes a purchase
something given or obtained as a gratuity or bonus

Word Origin for lagniappe

C19: Louisiana French, from American Spanish la ñapa, from Quechua yápa addition
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