Lagniappe
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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  • 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 — dividend, something extra, 1849, from New Orleans creole, of unknown origin though much speculated upon. Originally a bit of something given by New Orleans shopkeepers to customers. Said to be from Amer.Sp. la ñapa the gift. Klein says this is in …   Etymology dictionary

  • 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

  • lagniappe — index contribution (donation), grant Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lagniappe — la·gniappe (lăn’yəp, lăn yăp’) n. Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi 1) A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer s purchase. 2) An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Also called regionally boot2. See Note at… …   Word Histories

  • lagniappe — noun Etymology: American French, from American Spanish la ñapa the lagniappe, from la + ñapa, yapa, from Quechua yapa something added Date: 1844 a small gift given a customer by a merchant at the time of a purchase; broadly something given or… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lagniappe — noun /ˈlænjæp/ (Louisiana, Mississippi and Trinidad and Tobago) An extra or unexpected gift or benefit , 1973: ‘Call it a little lagniappe, goodbuddy, that’s Duane Marvy’s way o’ doin’ thangs.’ …   Wiktionary

  • 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 — Synonyms and related words: Trinkgeld, balance, bonus, bonus system, bounty, bribe, consideration, decoration, dividend, donative, double time, extra, extra added attraction, extra dash, fee, filigree, filling, fillip, flourish, frill, fringe… …   Moby Thesaurus

  • lagniappe —  A small, unexpected gift; pronounced lan yap …   Bryson’s dictionary for writers and editors

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