Gra*tu"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Gtratuities (#). [F. gratuit'e, or LL. gratuitas.]

1.

Something given freely or without recompense; a free gift; a present.

Swift.

2.

Something voluntarily given in return for a favor or service, as a recompense or acknowledgment.

<-- usually money. In particular, the money given to a waiter, cab driver, bellhop, etc. as a reward for good service = tip -->

 

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