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[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-] /grəˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
noun, plural gratuities.
a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
something given without claim or demand.
  1. a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
  2. a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.
Origin of gratuity
1515-25; < Middle French gratuite, equivalent to Latin grātuī(tus) free + Middle French -te -ty2 Unabridged
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Examples from the web for gratuities
  • No lawful behavior in the marketplace is as disturbing to me as the growing appeals for gratuities.
  • Negotiating the world of gratuities-when, how much-can be a challenge for even seasoned travelers.
  • Often packages leave the responsibility of incidental expenses, such as gratuities and some meals, to the traveler.
  • The all-inclusive plan includes meals and beverages as well as gratuities.
  • The price of the tour includes hotel pick-up, but excludes gratuities, costs for optional activities and meals.
  • All meals, snacks, drinks and gratuities are included in the room price.
  • Nightly entertainment is included, as are taxes and gratuities.
  • All of the inn's travel packages cover accommodations and meals for two people, as well as taxes and dining room gratuities.
  • Included in the cost of the cruise are wines and spirits, gratuities, some excursions and all meals and entertainment.
  • Government room taxes and gratuities are the only costs not covered by the all-inclusive packages.
British Dictionary definitions for gratuities


noun (pl) -ties
a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip
something given without claim or obligation
(military) a financial award granted for long or meritorious service
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Word Origin and History for gratuities



1520s, "graciousness," from French gratuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratuitatem (nominative gratuitas) "free gift," probably from Latin gratuitus "free, freely given" (see gratuitous). Meaning "money given for favor or services" is first attested 1530s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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