Definitions for lagniappelænˈyæp, ˈlæn yæp
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la•gniappelænˈyæp, ˈlæn yæp(n.)
a small gift given by a merchant to a customer for making a purchase.
a gratuity; tip.
Origin of lagniappe:
1840–50, Amer.; < LaF < AmerSp la ñapa the addition
a small gift (especially one given by a merchant to a customer who makes a purchase)
An extra or unexpected gift or benefit
A lagniappe is a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase, or more broadly, "something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure." The word entered English from the Louisiana French adapting a Quechua word brought in to New Orleans by the Spanish creoles. It derived from the South American Spanish phrase la yapa. The term has been traced back to the Quechua word yapay. In Andean markets it is still customary to ask for a yapa when making a purchase. The seller usually responds by throwing in a little extra. Although this is an old custom, it is still widely practiced today in Louisiana. Street vendors, especially vegetable vendors, are expected to throw in a few green chillies or a small bunch of cilantro with a purchase. The word is chiefly used in the Gulf Coast of the United States, but the concept is practiced in many places, such as Southeast Asia, North Africa, rural France, Australia and Holland.
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