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gratuity

[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-] /grəˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/
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.
  1. a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
  2. a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.
Origin of gratuity
1515-1525
1515-25; < Middle French gratuite, equivalent to Latin grātuī(tus) free + Middle French -te -ty2
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British Dictionary definitions for gratuity

gratuity

/ɡrəˈtjuːɪtɪ/
noun (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 and History for gratuity
n.

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.

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