ETYM Old Eng. bounte goodness, kindness, French bonté, from Latin bonitas, from bonus good, for older duonus; cf. Skr. duvas honor, respect.
1. Generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely; SYN. bounteousness.
2. Payment or reward (esp. from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military; SYN. premium.
ETYM French gratuité, or Late Lat. gratuitas.
1. A relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter); SYN. tip, baksheesh, bakshish, bakshis, backsheesh.
2. An award (as for meritorious service) given without claim or obligation.
1. A relatively thin sheetlike expanse or region lying over or under another SYN. level, stratum, sheet.
2. A single thickness of usually some homogeneous substance.
3. Thin structure composed of a single thickness of cells.