baksheesh

noun
bak·sheesh | \ˈbak-ˌshēsh, bak-ˈshēsh\

Definition of baksheesh 

: payment (such as a tip or bribe) to expedite service

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Baksheesh came into the English language around 1686 and was most likely picked up by British subjects as they traveled abroad. In Asia, English speakers would have heard "baksheesh" used as a word meaning "gratuity, a present of money, tip" - a meaning they directly adopted. Etymologically speaking, "baksheesh" is from Persian "bakhshīsh," which is also the source of the word buckshee, meaning "something extra obtained free," "extra rations," or "windfall, gratuity." "Buckshee" is strictly a British English term and is not used in American English.

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Mr. Trump was a chieftain demonstrating his potency with a flourish of baksheesh. James Poniewozik, New York Times, "With Trump Water, Wine and Steak, Is It Primary Night or an Infomercial?," 9 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of baksheesh

1686, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for baksheesh

Persian bakhshīsh, from bakhshīdan to give; akin to Greek phagein to eat, Sanskrit bhajati he allots

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