Lagnappe
Lagniappe La*gniappe, Lagnappe La*gnappe", n. [Also spelled {lagnappe}.][Etym. uncertain.] 1. In Louisiana, a trifling present given to customers by tradesmen; a gratuity. [1913 Webster]

Lagniappe . . .is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. --Mark Twain. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

2. A tip or gratuity. [PJC]

3. Hence: Anything obtained gratuitously or unexpectedly. [PJC]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • lagnappe — Lagniappe La*gniappe, Lagnappe La*gnappe , n. [Also spelled {lagnappe}.][Etym. uncertain.] 1. In Louisiana, a trifling present given to customers by tradesmen; a gratuity. [1913 Webster] Lagniappe . . .is something thrown in, gratis, for good… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lagnappe —   n. American, gratuity; small gift, especially given to a customer …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • Lagniappe — La*gniappe, Lagnappe La*gnappe , n. [Also spelled {lagnappe}.][Etym. uncertain.] 1. In Louisiana, a trifling present given to customers by tradesmen; a gratuity. [1913 Webster] Lagniappe . . .is something thrown in, gratis, for good measure. Mark …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lagniappe — refers to a small gift given to a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase (such as a 13th beignet when buying a dozen), or more broadly, something given or obtained gratuitously or by way of good measure. [cite web | url=http://www.m… …   Wikipedia

  • lagniappe — /lan yap , lan yap/, n. 1. Chiefly Southern Louisiana and Southeast Texas. a small gift given with a purchase to a customer, by way of compliment or for good measure; bonus. 2. a gratuity or tip. 3. an unexpected or indirect benefit. Also,… …   Universalium

  • lagniappe — ☆ lagniappe or lagnappe [lan yap′, lan′yap΄ ] n. [Creole < Fr la, the + Sp ñapa, lagniappe < Quechuan yapa] 1. Chiefly South a small present given to a customer with a purchase 2. a gratuity or the like …   English World dictionary

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