largess

or lar·gesse

[ lahr-jes, lahr-jis ]
/ lɑrˈdʒɛs, ˈlɑr dʒɪs /

noun

generous bestowal of gifts.
the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
Obsolete. generosity; liberality.

Nearby words

  1. largemouth bass,
  2. largen,
  3. largeness,
  4. larger,
  5. larger-than-life,
  6. largesse,
  7. largest,
  8. larghetto,
  9. largish,
  10. largo

Origin of largess

1175–1225; Middle English largesse < Old French; see large, -ice

Can be confusedlarge largess

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British Dictionary definitions for largesse

largesse

largess

/ (lɑːˈdʒɛs) /

noun

the generous bestowal of gifts, favours, or money
the things so bestowed
generosity of spirit or attitude

Word Origin for largesse

C13: from Old French, from large

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Word Origin and History for largesse

largesse

n.

also largess, "willingness to give or spend freely; munificence," c.1200, from Old French largesse "a bounty, munificence," from Vulgar Latin *largitia "abundance," from Latin largus "abundant" (see large). In medieval theology, "the virtue whose opposite is avarice, and whose excess is prodigality" ["Middle English Dictionary"]. The Old French suffix -esse is from Latin -itia, added to adjectives to form nouns of quality (cf. duress, riches).

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