lar·​gesse lär-ˈzhes How to pronounce largesse (audio) lär-ˈjes How to pronounce largesse (audio)
 also  ˈlär-ˌjes
variants or less commonly largess
: liberal giving (as of money) to or as if to an inferior
a philanthropist known for his largesse
also : something so given
projects depending on a flow of federal largesse
: generosity
his generosity of spirit, an absolutely natural largesseHarvey Breit

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The word largesse, which also can be spelled largess, comes from Anglo-French large, meaning "generous."

Examples of largesse in a Sentence

He relied on the largesse of friends after he lost his job.
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Word History


Middle English largesse, from Anglo-French, from large

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of largesse was in the 13th century


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“Largesse.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


variants also largess
: generous giving
: a generous gift

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