- generous bestowal of gifts.
- the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
- Obsolete. generosity; liberality.
Origin of largess
Examples from the Web for largesse
Some French politicians also have been known to accept the largesse of Arab benefactors.The Paris Job: Inside the Epic $335,000 Saudi Stick-Up
August 18, 2014
With the expanded efforts expiring, there was no move in Congress to continue the largesse.Food Stamp Cuts Add to Walmart’s Troubles
November 2, 2013
American weapons, troops, and largesse could never bestow legitimacy on a corrupt and incompetent Saigon regime.General Giap and the Myth of American Invincibility
James A. Warren
October 12, 2013
For the first time since Chávez launched his revolution, however, that largesse can no longer be taken for granted.After the Presidential Election, a Tough Road for Hugo Chávez
October 9, 2012
The King Memorial has been created through the largesse of a host of corporate donors—from Disney and Boeing to the NBA and BP.The MLK Memorial’s Fashion Moment
August 23, 2011
The largesse of which he was so prodigal has but an arbitrary and conventional value.Views and Reviews
William Ernest Henley
All that had been withheld from him, by the mere experience of missing, he was able to bestow with largesse.The Lovely Lady
There was a brilliant full moon, showering its largesse over the hills.The Cricket
After the frolic of the largesse was over, the king and queen rose to depart.Richard III
But what about the clothes and the stately progress and the largesse?
- the generous bestowal of gifts, favours, or money
- the things so bestowed
- generosity of spirit or attitude
Word Origin and History for largesse
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).