Etymology
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gratuity (n.)

1520s, "graciousness," from French gratuité (14c.) or directly from Medieval Latin gratuitatem (nominative gratuitas) "free gift," probably from Latin gratuitus "done without pay, spontaneous, voluntary," from gratus "pleasing, agreeable," from gratia "favor" (from suffixed form of PIE root *gwere- (2) "to favor"). Meaning "money given for favor or services" is first attested 1530s.

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Definitions of gratuity

gratuity (n.)
a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter);
Synonyms: tip / pourboire / baksheesh / bakshish / bakshis / backsheesh
gratuity (n.)
an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation;
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