Definition of gratuity in English:



  • A tip given to a waiter, taxicab driver, etc.

    • ‘As we headed home, my mate wondered why many cafés have counter-top jars for tips if paying gratuities was not New Zealand custom.’
    • ‘But for the amount of work we do, a small gratuity is always appreciated.’
    • ‘These gratuities are voluntary rewards given from spectators who genuinely enjoyed the battle in the ring.’
    • ‘However, a special gratuity paid to a driver, for example at Christmas, may not be taxable.’
    • ‘Make the martini their way and you'll get a bigger tip; to amass the greatest wealth in gratuities, you must learn to make over 100 drinks.’
    tip, gift, present, donation, reward, handout, recompense, boon, baksheesh
    fringe benefit, bonus, extra payment, little extra, bit extra
    largesse, benefaction
    pourboire, douceur
    guerdon, lagniappe
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Late 15th century (denoting graciousness or favor): from Old French gratuité or medieval Latin gratuitas gift from Latin gratus pleasing, thankful.