lagniappe

[ lan-yap, lan-yap ]SEE DEFINITION OF lagniappe

Synonyms for lagniappe

MOST RELEVANT
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LAGNIAPPE

At least, I saw her buy a quartie's worth o' coffee and a quartie's worth o' sugar, an' then ask for lagniappe o' salt.

Whyn't you ax fur des one lagniappe o' sugar-plums, baby, bein's it's Christmas?

Lagniappe is a small gratuity which New Orleans children always expect and usually get with a purchase.

We picked up one excellent word—a word worth traveling to New Orleans to get; a nice limber, expressive, handy word—'lagniappe.'

WORD ORIGIN

"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 American Spanish la ñapa "the gift." Klein says this is in turn from Quechua yapa "something added, gift."

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR LAGNIAPPE

bribe

nounpayoff to influence illegal or wrong activity
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.