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Gratuities



[gruh-too-i-tee, -tyoo-] /grəˈtu ɪ ti, -ˈtyu-/

noun, plural gratuities.
1.
a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
2.
something given without claim or demand.
3.
British.

/ɡrəˈtjuːɪtɪ/
noun (pl) -ties
1.
a gift or reward, usually of money, for services rendered; tip
2.
something given without claim or obligation
3.
(military) a financial award granted for long or meritorious service
n.

1520s, “graciousness,” from French gratuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratuitatem (nominative gratuitas) “free gift,” probably from Latin gratuitus “free, freely given” (see gratuitous). Meaning “money given for favor or services” is first attested 1530s.

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