›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 alsotip
›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 gratuityHe left with an ill-health gratuity payment from the company.