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Definition a tip given in appreciation for service — as to a waiter

More rarely, a gratuity may not be optional as when a restaurant adds a service charge to the bill for large parties.
  • She travels with a universal plug adapter and an international tip and gratuity guide.
  • The restaurant includes a 15% gratuity for parties of five or more.
  • ...distributing so liberal a gratuity among her crew as to secure for him the good wishes of all...
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • We are getting used to tidy, noiseless waiters, who glide hither and thither, and hover about your back and your elbows like butterflies, quick to comprehend orders, quick to fill them; thankful for a gratuity without regard to the amount; and always polite—never otherwise than polite.
    Mark Twain  --  The Innocents Abroad
  • They also provided me with what she called "a gratuity": $28.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • A coachman who wants a gratuity is capable of anything, even of imagination.
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • "Yes," Bacchus said, "although with demigod parties of five or more the gratuity is included, so that wasn't necessary."
    Rick Riordan  --  The Mark of Athena
  • He appeared a comfortable owner of something, a man from whom the common run of mortals could well expect gratuities.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • We are not permitted to accept gratuities.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • I believed that love is a gratuity, not a reward to be earnedjust as they believe it is their right to demand an unearned wealth.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • With fifteen thousand pounds, a gratuity and a pension from the Circus, a man—as Control would say—can afford to come in from the cold.
    John Le Carre  --  The Spy Who Came In From The Cold
  • That gratuity which I receive at Christmas, ma'am: I never touch it.
    Charles Dickens  --  Hard Times
  • So we slide from bribe to gratuity.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Identity
  • That's your gratuity," he sulked before suddenly perking up.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Maelstrom
  • Water, rest, shelter, and protection were all he looked for from the proprietor, and they were gratuities.
    Lew Wallace  --  Ben Hur
  • She appreciated my generosity, no doubt, and saw clear to the idea that she might expand on that gratuity by increasing the canvas, if I may adopt an art analogy.
    Stephen King  --  Rose Red
  • Capable of gratuity!
    John Gardner  --  The Sunlight Dialogues
  • A third, in the absence of opponents, between two councils would simply solicit a special gratuity for his faithful services, well knowing that at that moment people would be too busy to refuse him.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • He may ENJOY this finer tribute—that is another affair, but on condition only of taking it as a gratuity "thrown in," a mere miraculous windfall, the fruit of a tree he may not pretend to have shaken.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • He may ENJOY this finer tribute—that is another affair, but on condition only of taking it as a gratuity "thrown in," a mere miraculous windfall, the fruit of a tree he may not pretend to have shaken.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2

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