Definition of lagniappe in English:

lagniappe

noun

North American
  • Something given as a bonus or gratuity.

    • ‘On the other hand, while this is a lagniappe much appreciated, you probably wouldn't purchase the set just for this 6-minute piece.’
    • ‘Having the Te Deum added is a wonderful lagniappe.’
    • ‘However, where Horowitz gives you mainly patrician elegance, Moravec seems to give you the lagniappe of something deeply felt as well, without wallowing in it.’
    • ‘The 103,91 Game 4 blowout was a lagniappe for the Lakers.’
    • ‘As a nice bit of lagniappe, Pierian provides comparison recordings: Granados playing his own ‘free transcription’ of a Scarlatti sonata in a Welte-Mignon roll and an acoustic recording made at roughly the same time.’
    • ‘That pearl of perspicacity was merely a lagniappe, an amuse-bouche to prepare our palates for the big revelation, to wit Spielberg's new project ‘aimed at tackling that lack of understanding’.’
    • ‘Nobody, but nobody did Debussy better than Stokowski and it is nice to have these lagniappes appended to the Holst.’
    • ‘I was introduced to blue board when I participated in decorating a set for the drama department - a little lagniappe or something extra, as we say in New Orleans.’
    • ‘So, by way, of lagniappe, here's something I forgot to include: a mysterious volume that came to light during my extended bout of book-clearing.’
    • ‘The complete contents of Volume 2 are preserved on this CD, with ‘The Walk to the Paradise Garden’ thrown in as a lagniappe.’
    • ‘They are asking $20.00 for each two-disc set and will throw in a lagniappe for anyone who orders both sets: the US Premiere of Prokofiev's Alexander Nevsky!’
    • ‘The course gives her this and, yes, a little lagniappe.’
    • ‘From time to time, Sakurai-san would surprise us with a lagniappe of asparagus wrapped in beef or some similar tidbit.’
    • ‘The couplings are lagniappes but damn good ones.’
    • ‘I would have recommended this disc if the only thing on it was the Sibelius but you get two lagniappes.’
    • ‘Vengeance for Niña and Allis would be a lagniappe.’
    • ‘The Butterworth is a nice lagniappe, but the main course is also the main reason for stopping by.’
    • ‘Visitors to the altars are often given lagniappe (a sack of cookies and fava beans, a good luck charm) to take home.’
    • ‘Lines of printed text were crossed out, and handwritten lagniappe, such as ‘temporal simultaneity’ and ‘space-time inversion null,’ had been added.’
    • ‘If your company works to provide service and value to its customers and to generate repeat business, lagniappe is the way to build customer loyalty.’
    reward, prize, award, recompense, remuneration, commission, consideration, premium, dividend, bonus, endowment, gratuity, tip, favour, donation, handout
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Origin

Louisiana French, from Spanish la ñapa.

Pronunciation

lagniappe

/laˈnjap/