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Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Definitions for largesse

  1. generous bestowal of gifts.
  2. the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
  3. Obsolete. generosity; liberality.

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Citations for largesse
They subsisted by the bounty, or largesse, as it was called, of the princes whom they served, which was one great source of expense to those who embarked in war… Sir Walter Scott, "Feudal Chivalry," Tales of a Grandfather, 1831
Largesse, in the form of odds and ends of cold cream and pomatum, and also of hairpins, was freely distributed among the attendants. Charles Dickens, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1870
Origin of largesse
1175-1225
Largesse comes from the Latin largus meaning "abundant." It shares a root with the word large.