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Meaning of gratuity

gra•tu•i•ty

Pronunciation: (gru-t'i-tē, -ty'-), [key]
— pl. -ties.
  1. a gift of money, over and above payment due for service, as to a waiter or bellhop; tip.
  2. something given without claim or demand.
    1. a bonus granted to war veterans by the government.
    2. a bonus given military personnel on discharge or retirement.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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