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Definition of the noun gratuity

What does gratuity mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: gratuities

  1. a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
  2. an award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation
    • lexical domain: Possessions - nouns denoting possession and transfer of possession
    • more generic words: award / prize = something given for victory or superiority in a contest or competition or for winning a lottery

Alternative definition of the noun gratuity


  1. A reward, service, or payment provided freely, without obligation.
  2. (common usage) An additional charge placed for services rendered; see also: service fee.


Gratuity: A gratuity is a sum of money customarily tendered, in addition to the basic price, to certain service sector workers for a service performed or anticipated. Tips and their amount are a matter of social custom, and the custom varies between countries and settings. In some locations tipping is discouraged and considered insulting; while in some other locations tipping is expected from customers. The customary amount of a tip can be one of a specific range of monetary amounts or a certain percentage of the bill. In some circumstances, such as with U.S. government workers or more widely with police officers, receiving gratuities is illegal, as they may be regarded as bribery. A service charge is sometimes added to bills in restaurants and similar establishments. Tipping may not be expected when a fee is explicitly charged for the service.

  • also known as tipping

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for gratuity

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Google previewThe Economics of Values-Based Organisations (2014)

An Introduction by Luigino Bruni, Alessandra Smerilli

Since gratuity is a fundamentaldimension of what we call “human” and, thus, it exceeds the soleeconomic dimension,

Google previewLegal Aspect of Business (Mercantile Law) (2011)

by R S N Pillai

IntroductIon Gratuity is a kind of retirement benefit to the workmen, like provident fund, or pension. It is a payment which is intended to provide a lump sum amount to an employee, who has rendered a long and unblemished service to the ...

Google previewThe People Vs. Barack Obama (2014)

The Criminal Case Against the Obama Administration by Ben Shapiro

Bribery requires intent; illegal gratuity is a lesser burden of proof. In the case of the Obama administration, both bribery and acceptance of illegal gratuities are in the mix. Proving bribery is obviously far more difficult than showing acceptance or ...

Google previewIndustrial Relations, Trade Unions, and Labour Legislation (2004)

by Sinha

are of particular significance: Gratuity is a kind of retirement benefit like the provident fund or pension.

Google previewRuling by Schooling Quebec (2012)

Conquest to Liberal Governmentality - A Historical Sociology by Bruce Curtis

And from Cap Santé old George Allsopp, a sponsor ofthe Royal Institution schoolthere, wrote inMay1829, 'the peopleareall astir here aboutcrowding elementary mistresses & masters the £20 gratuity is a strong inducement. It has been ...

Google previewBusiness Class (2005)

Etiquette Essentials for Success at Work by Jacqueline Whitmore

Giving a gratuity is an important, yet voluntary, way to show someone your appreciation.

Google previewSocial Justice and Labour Jurisprudence (2007)

Justice V.R. Krishna Iyer's Contributions by Sharath Babu, Rashmi Shetty

It is true that the wage structure relates to the emoluments during service, while gratuity is a terminal benefit or, rather, a retirement benefit. Although these two fall into different compartments, they are inter-connected. A heavy wage scale may ...

Google previewThe Columbia Guide to Standard American English (2005)

by Kenneth Wilson

A gratuity is a gift for service, a tip. Compare EGREGIOUs; SUPERFLUOUS.

Google previewParliamentary Debates (1919)

House of Representatives by New Zealand. Parliament

A gratuity is a reward given for service rendered ; and this, through the members of this House, is the spontaneous gift of men and women who feel themselves indebted to the men whom they recognize that they cannot possibly fully reward, ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Insurance and Finance (2014)

by John Clark

gratuity. 1. 63. goods Physical items manufactured, sold or exchanged; contrasted with services, where no physical items are transferred. goods in transit insurance Insurance that provides compensation to the owner of goods if they are lost or ...

Google previewInternational Dictionary of Banking and Finance (2013)

by John Clark

gratuity. 169. good-till-cancelled (GTC) Describing an order that remains in force unless it is expressly cancelled. Cancellation is usually dependent upon a satisfactory profit level being reached. It is also known as a resting order or an open ...

Google previewDictionary of International Insurance and Finance Terms (2001)

by John Owen Edward Clark

gratuity. 1. 65. goods Physical items manufactured, sold or exchanged; contrasted with services, where no physical items are transferred. goods in transit insurance Insurance that provides compensation to the owner of goods if they are lost or ...

Google previewDictionary of International Accounting Terms (2001)

by John Owen Edward Clark

gratuity. 1. 07. goods in process Alternative term for work in progress. goods on approval Goods delivered to a customer for which payment is not required unless the customer is satisfied. If the customer is not satisfied in a stated period of time ...

Google previewDictionary of the English Language (Complete and Unabridged) (2011)

by Samuel Johnson

GRATUITY (GRATU'ITY) n.s.[ gratuité, ...

Google previewDictionary of Christian Spirituality (2016)

Gratuity, Not Triviality Another persistent concern about the arts is that they seem to be a luxury rather than a necessity of human existence. Evangelical spirituality has often had an active and even pragmatic character. We want to be about the ...

Google previewPocket Oxford English Dictionary (2013)

by Maurice Waite

gratuity. graphically adv. – origin Greek graphikos. graphical adj. 1 relating to or in the form of a graph. 2 relating to visual art or computer graphics. graphic design n. the art of combining words and pictures in advertisements, magazines, ...

Google previewWharton's Pocket Law Dictionary

Gratuity, it is a kind of retirement benefit like the provident fund or pension. Gratuity and pension, Gratuity is a lump sum payment while pension is a periodic payment of a stated sum. They are both "efficiency devices" and are considered ...

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Gratuity Meaning

Video shows what gratuity means. A reward, service, or payment provided freely, without obligation.. (common usage) An additional charge placed for services ...

Scrabble value of G2R1A1T1U1I1T1Y4

The value of this 8-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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