Definition of gratuity
: something given voluntarily or beyond obligation usually for some service; especially : tip <added a gratuity for the server>
Examples of gratuity in a sentence
A 15 percent gratuity is automatically added to the restaurant bill.
<for parties of eight or more, we automatically add a 15% gratuity onto the bill>
Did You Know?
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
First Known Use: 1540
GRATUITY Defined for English Language Learners
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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