gratuity

noun
gra·​tu·​i·​ty | \ grə-ˈtü-ə-tē How to pronounce gratuity (audio) , -ˈtyü- \
plural gratuities

Definition of gratuity

: 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.

Examples of gratuity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Brunch does not include beverage, tax, or gratuity. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, 2 May 2022 The price of dinner is $75 per person plus tax and gratuity. Victoria Moorwood, The Enquirer, 12 Apr. 2022 Make a carryout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a carryout order of $5 or more before tax and gratuity. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 7 Apr. 2022 Make a carryout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a carryout order of $5 or more before tax and gratuity. Kelly Tyko, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Make a carryout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a carryout order of $5 or more before tax and gratuity. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2022 Make a carryout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a carryout order of $5 or more before tax and gratuity. Kelly Tyko, The Arizona Republic, 24 Mar. 2022 Make a carryout order through May 22 and get a $3 coupon code to redeem the following week on a carryout order of $5 or more before tax and gratuity. Kelly Tyko, USA TODAY, 14 Mar. 2022 Note that this does not include drinks, tax or gratuity. Nick Kindelsperger, chicagotribune.com, 8 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of gratuity

1540, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gratuity

see gratuitous

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The first known use of gratuity was in 1540

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Dictionary Entries Near gratuity

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Last Updated

5 May 2022

Cite this Entry

“Gratuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gratuity. Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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