An extra or unexpected gift or benefit.
(chiefly south) A small present given to a customer with a purchase.
A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
A gratuity or the like.
Origin of lagniappe
- Louisiana French from American Spanish la ñapa the gift la the (from Latin illa) (feminine of ille that, the al-1 in Indo-European roots) ñapa (variant of llapa gift of a little something extra, bonus) (from Quechua) (from yapay to give more)
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition