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Definitions for gratuity
grəˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-gra·tu·ity

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gratuity, tip, pourboire, baksheesh, bakshish, bakshis, backsheeshnoun

    a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)

  2. gratuitynoun

    an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation


  1. gratuitynoun

    A reward, service, or payment provided freely, without obligation.

  2. gratuitynoun

    (common usage) An additional charge placed for services rendered; see also: service fee.

  3. Etymology: From gratuite (French gratuité), from gratuitas, from gratuitus; see gratuitous.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Gratuitynoun

    A present or acknowledgment; a free gift.

    Etymology: gratuité, Fr. from gratuitous.

    They might have pretended to comply with Ulysses, and dismissed him with a small gratuity. Notes on the Odyssey.

    He used every year to present us with his almanack, upon the score of some little gratuity we gave him. Jonathan Swift.


  1. Gratuity

    A gratuity (often called a tip) is a sum of money customarily given by a customer to certain service sector workers such as hospitality for the service they have performed, in addition to the basic price of the service. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom and etiquette, and the custom varies between countries and between settings. In some countries, it is customary to tip servers in bars and restaurants, taxi drivers, hair stylists and so on. However, in some places tipping is not expected and may be discouraged or considered insulting. The customary amount of a tip can be a specific range or a certain percentage of the bill based on the perceived quality of the service given. It is illegal to offer tips to some groups of workers, such as U.S. government workers and more widely police officers; the tips may be regarded as bribery. A fixed percentage service charge is sometimes added to bills in restaurants and similar establishments. Tipping may not be expected when a fee is explicitly charged for the service.Giving a tip is typically irreversible, differentiating it from the reward mechanism of a placed order, which can be refunded. From a theoretical economic point of view, gratuities may solve the principal–agent problem (the situation in which an agent, such as a server, is working for a principal, such as a restaurant owner or manager) and many managers believe that tips provide incentive for greater worker effort. However, studies of the practice in America suggest that tipping is often discriminatory or arbitrary: workers receive different levels of gratuity based on factors such as age, sex, race, hair color and even breast size, and the size of the gratuity is found to be only tenuously related to the quality of service.


  1. gratuity

    Gratuity is an amount of money given to someone, often in appreciation for their service or work, typically in the service industry. It is also known as a tip and is usually given in addition to the basic price or charge.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gratuitynoun

    something given freely or without recompense; a free gift; a present

  2. Gratuitynoun

    something voluntarily given in return for a favor or service, as a recompense or acknowledgment

  3. Etymology: [F. gratuit, or LL. gratuitas.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gratuity

    gra-tū′i-ti, n. a present: an acknowledgment of service, generally pecuniary.—adj. Gratū′itous, done or given for nothing: voluntary: without reason, ground, or proof.—adv. Gratū′itously. [Fr.,—Low L. gratuitatem—L. gratus.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. gratuity

    An allowance to officers of the British service in the Indian army, varying with their rank. This and other allowances, such as batta, tentage, etc., had been granted for the purpose of augmenting an officer’s emoluments in India, without giving him a claim to a higher rate of net paper when on furlough in England. Gratuities are allowed to officers in the French service at the beginning of a campaign.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gratuity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gratuity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of gratuity in a Sentence

  1. Mary Zapata:

    My son, Jaime Jorge Zapata, lost his life to keep our Rio Grande Valley community safe. Mayra’s dedication to honor his service helped us receive his death gratuity benefits. It is most appreciated, no family should ever have to go through the pain and suffering of losing a family member, only to be forgotten by Washington bureaucrats for more than eleven years!

  2. Tamlynn Yoder:

    I brought it out, put it in the car, we received the payment. There was no gratuity. I got upset. I posted a post on Facebook about the church not leaving a gratuity tip.

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