gratuity

noun gra·tu·i·ty \ grə-ˈtü-ə-tē , -ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of gratuity

plural gratuities
:something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially :tip
  • added a gratuity for the server

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gratuity vs. tip

Gratuity is a fancier and more formal word than tip. It occurs most often in written notices along the lines of "Gratuities accepted". Its formality makes it best suited for describing tips of the dignified, expensive variety. For the taxi driver who takes you to the superb Belgian restaurant, it's a tip; for the restaurant's maitre d', it's a gratuity.

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GRATUITY Defined for English Language Learners

gratuity

noun

Definition of gratuity for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money given to a person (such as a waiter or waitress) who has performed a service

  • : an amount of money given to a retiring soldier or employee



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