[grat-is, grey-tis]
without charge or payment; free: The manufacturer provided an extra set of coat buttons gratis.
free; gratuitous.

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin grātīs freely, contraction of grātiīs with favors, graces (ablative plural of grātia grace)

gracious, gratis, gratuitous. Unabridged
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gratis (ˈɡreɪtɪs, ˈɡrætɪs, ˈɡrɑːtɪs)
adv, —adj
(postpositive) without payment; free of charge
[C15: from Latin: out of kindness, from grātiīs, ablative pl of grātia favour]

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Word Origin & History

1444, "for nothing, freely," from L. gratis, contraction of gratiis "for thanks," hence, "without recompense," abl. of gratiæ "thanks," pl. of gratia "favor."
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Example sentences
One instance of this was the disappearance of the so-called gratis personnel.
Gratis distribution of nets is already being applied successfully in several
  impoverished countries.
Then came gratis chips and three salsas: crème chipotle, fiery red salsa and
  mild tomatillo.
Both lunch and dinner began with buttered and grilled bread slices, a gratis
  treat that was simple and different.
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