Definition of “gratuity” - English Dictionary

“gratuity” in British English

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gratuitynoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrəˈtʃuː.ə.ti/ us /ɡrəˈtuː.ə.t̬i/

formal a small amount of money for someone who has provided you with a service, in addition to the official amount and for their personal use:

The guides sometimes receive gratuities from the tourists, which supplement their salaries.

UK a large amount of money given to someone on leaving their job:

After he was disabled in the accident, he left the army with a one-off gratuity of £5,000.

(Definition of “gratuity” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

“gratuity” in American English

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gratuitynoun [ C ]

us /ɡrəˈtu·ɪ·t̬i/ fml

an amount of money given as a reward for a service; tip

(Definition of “gratuity” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

“gratuity” in Business English

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gratuitynoun [ C ]

uk /ɡrəˈtjuːəti/ us 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

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)