Gratuity definition

grə-to͝oĭ-tē, -tyo͝o-
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A reward, service, or payment provided freely, without obligation.
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The definition of gratuity is a sum of money given to someone who provides service or a favor as a way to show graciousness or thankfulness.

An example of gratuity is a tip left for a server at a restaurant.

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(common usage) An additional charge placed for services rendered; see also: service fee.
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A favor or gift, usually in the form of money, given in return for service.
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A sum of money, often a percentage of the total billed, given to a server, porter, etc. for a service or favor; tip.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gratuity
Plural:
gratuities

Origin of gratuity

  • French gratuité from Old French gratuite from Medieval Latin grātuītās probably from Latin grātuītus voluntary gratuitous

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French gratuite (French gratuité), from Medieval Latin gratuitas (“a free gift”), from Latin gratuitus (“freely given, free”); see gratuitous.

    From Wiktionary