- Something given freely or without recompense; a free gift;
a present. --Swift.
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.
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gratuity — gra‧tu‧i‧ty [grəˈtjuːti ǁ ˈtuː ] noun gratuities PLURALFORM [countable] formal 1. a small amount of money given to someone for a service they provide; = TIP: • In many restaurants, a small gratuity given in advance may greatly improve service … Financial and business terms
gratuity — I (bribe) noun corrupting gift, corruption, graft, hush money, illegal gain, influence by a gift, jobbery, kickback, price, price of corruption, protection, rakeoff, sop, subornation associated concepts: bribe receiving, emolument, illegal… … Law dictionary
gratuity — (n.) 1520s, graciousness, from Fr. gratuité (14c.) or directly from M.L. gratuitatem (nom. gratuitas) free gift, probably from L. gratuitus free, freely given (see GRATUITOUS (Cf. gratuitous)). Meaning money given for favor or services is first… … Etymology dictionary
gratuity — *gift, largess, boon, favor, present … New Dictionary of Synonyms
gratuity — is a somewhat pretentious word for ‘tip’, and is usually found in printed form on restaurant menus and bills. It also refers (without the same pretension) to a bounty given in certain circumstances to servicemen and servicewomen when they are… … Modern English usage
gratuity — [n] gift, tip alms, benefaction, bonus, boon, bounty, contribution, donation, fringe benefit, grease palm*, largesse, little something*, offering, perk*, perquisite, present, recompense, reward, salve*, sweetener*, token; concepts 337,344 … New thesaurus
gratuity — ► NOUN (pl. gratuities) 1) formal a tip given to a waiter, porter, etc. 2) Brit. a sum of money paid to an employee at the end of a period of employment. ORIGIN Latin gratuitas gift … English terms dictionary
gratuity — [grə to͞o′i tē, gretyo͞o′i tē] n. pl. gratuities [Fr gratuité < ML gratuitas < L gratuitus: see GRATUITOUS] a sum of money, often a percentage of the total billed, given to a server, porter, etc. for a service or favor; tip SYN. PRESENT … English World dictionary
gratuity — [[t]grətju͟ːɪti, AM tu͟ː [/t]] gratuities 1) N COUNT A gratuity is a gift of money to someone who has done something for you. [FORMAL] The porter expects a gratuity. Syn: tip 2) N COUNT A gratuity is a large gift of money that is given to someone … English dictionary
gratuity — UK [ɡrəˈtjuːətɪ] / US [ɡrəˈtuɪtɪ] noun [countable] Word forms gratuity : singular gratuity plural gratuities formal 1) a small amount of money that you give to someone to thank them for doing something for you 2) British a large amount of money… … English dictionary