Definition of


  1. (noun, possession) an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation
  2. (noun, possession) a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)

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Alternate forms of Gratuity

Hyponyms: christmas box

Hypernyms: award, fringe benefit, perk, perquisite, prize

Origin of the word Gratuity

  1. 1523, "graciousness," from M.L. gratuitas "gift," probably from L. gratuitus "free, freely given" (see gratuitous). Meaning "money given for favor or services" is first attested 1540. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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