Definition of gratuity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ɡrəˈtjuːəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ɡrəˈtuːəti//
    (pl. gratuities) Dining out
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  1. 1(formal) money that you give to somebody who has provided a service for you synonym tip Our staff may not accept gratuities. See related entries: Dining out
  2. 2(British English) money that is given to employees when they leave their job a retirement gratuity
  3. Word Originlate 15th cent. (denoting graciousness or favour): from Old French gratuité or medieval Latin gratuitas ‘gift’, from Latin gratus ‘pleasing, thankful’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: gratuity