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largesse

noun lar·gesse \lär-ˈzhes, lär-ˈjes also ˈlär-ˌjes\

Simple Definition of largesse

  • : the act of giving away money or the quality of a person who gives away money; also : money that is given away

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of largesse

  1. 1 :  liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior; also :  something so given

  2. 2 :  generosity

Examples of largesse in a sentence

  1. He relied on the largesse of friends after he lost his job.



Did You Know?

The word largesse, which also can be spelled "largess" (as in our second example sentence), has been part of the English language since at least the 13th century. It derives via Anglo-French from the Latin word largus, meaning "abundant" or "generous." "Largus" is also the source of our word large. As far back as the 14th century, we used the word largeness as a synonym of "largesse" ("liberal giving"). In fact, that may have been the first sense of "largeness," which has since come to refer to physical magnitude and bulk more often than to magnanimity.

Variants of largesse

also

largess

play \lär-ˈzhes, lär-ˈjes also ˈlär-ˌjes\

Origin and Etymology of largesse

Middle English largesse, from Anglo-French, from large


First Known Use: 13th century


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