Word of the DayWednesday, December 04, 2013
\lahr-JES, LAHR-jis\ , noun;
generous bestowal of gifts.
the gift or gifts, as of money, so bestowed.
Obsolete. generosity; liberality.
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
Largesse comes from the Latin largus meaning "abundant." It shares a root with the word large.
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