lagniappe or la·gnappe [ lan-yap, lan-yap ]noun
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.WORDS RELATED TO LAGNIAPPE
gift, bonus, gratuity, tip, largess, presentSee more synonyms on Thesaurus.comOrigin:
1840–50, Americanism; < Louisiana French < American Spanish la ñapa the addition, equivalent to la feminine definite article + ñapa, variant of yapa < Quechua: that which is addedEXAMPLE SENTENCES FROM THE WEB FOR LAGNIAPPE
Gramercy Cellars (Greg Harrington, winemaker) in Columbia Valley–-especially “Lagniappe” Syrah.TASTE OFF: SUPER BOWL STATE WINES FROM COLORADO AND WASHINGTON|JORDAN SALCITO|FEBRUARY 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We picked up one excellent word—a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word—'lagniappe.'LIFE ON THE MISSISSIPPI, COMPLETE|MARK TWAIN (SAMUEL CLEMENS)
Whyn't you ax fur des one lagniappe o' sugar-plums, baby, bein's it's Christmas?SOLOMON CROW'S CHRISTMAS POCKETS AND OTHER TALES|RUTH MCENERY STUART
Lagniappe is a small gratuity which New Orleans children always expect and usually get with a purchase.SOLOMON CROW'S CHRISTMAS POCKETS AND OTHER TALES|RUTH MCENERY STUART
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