[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-]
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.
a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.

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

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
Some restaurants do not highlight the included gratuity when charged.
Many restaurants add a gratuity to the bill for parties of six or more.
If you don't notice the gratuity envelope on your table, you'll be reminded.
Visitors are expected to provide the wardens with a substantial gratuity in
  addition to the park fee.
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