gratuity

play
noun gra·tu·i·ty \grə-ˈtü-ə-tē, -ˈtyü-\

Definition of gratuity

plural

gratuities

  1. :  something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially :  tip added a gratuity for the server

Examples of gratuity in a Sentence

  1. A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to the restaurant bill.

  2. for parties of eight or more, we automatically add a 15% gratuity onto the bill

Recent Examples of gratuity from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gratuity.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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.

Origin and Etymology of gratuity

see gratuitous


GRATUITY Defined for English Language Learners

gratuity

play
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



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up gratuity? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to state as an opinion

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Time Traveler Quiz: Which Word Came First?

  • time-traveler-quiz-which-word-came-first
  • Which came first?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!