noun \ˈlan-ˌyap, lan-ˈ\

Definition of LAGNIAPPE

:  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>


American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added
First Known Use: 1844

Other Business Terms

amortize, caveat emptor, clearinghouse, divest, due diligence, emolument, green-collar, marque, overhead, perquisite


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