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lagniappe

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noun la·gniappe \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\

Definition of lagniappe

  1. :  a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly :  something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure



Examples of lagniappe

  1. <the meal was served with a lagniappe of freshly made cornbread>

  2. <the hotel threw in some free shampoo as a lagniappe>



Origin of lagniappe

American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added


First Known Use: 1844


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