gratuity

[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]
noun, plural gratuities.
1.
a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
2.
something given without claim or demand.
3.
British.
a.
a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
b.
a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.

Origin:
1515–25; < Middle French gratuite, equivalent to Latin grātuī(tus) free + Middle French -te -ty2

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gratuity (ɡrəˈtjuːɪtɪ)
 
n , pl -ties
1.  a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip
2.  something given without claim or obligation
3.  military a financial award granted for long or meritorious service

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gratuity
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.
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Example sentences
No lawful behavior in the marketplace is as disturbing to me as the growing
  appeals for gratuities.
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.
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