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English definition of “gratuity”

gratuity

noun [C]
 
 
/ɡrəˈtjuːəti/ (plural gratuities) COMMERCE
an amount of money given by a customer to someone who has provided a service, especially in a hotel or restaurant: Many customers leave a gratuity even if the service has been bad. The bill came to $200 plus a 15% gratuity. → See also tip
an amount of money given to someone who has done something special for you : I would never take a gratuity of any kind from anyone when doing business. Officers were charged with accepting illegal gratuities.
an amount of money given to an employee who leaves a job: a terminal/retirement gratuity He left with an ill-health gratuity payment from the company.
(Definition of gratuity from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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