American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi A small gift presented by a storeowner to a customer with the customer's purchase.
- n. Chiefly Southern Louisiana & Mississippi An extra or unexpected gift or benefit. Also called regionally boot2. See Regional Note at beignet.
- n. Louisiana, Trinidad and Tobago An extra or unexpected gift or benefit, such as that given to a customer when they purchase something else.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. In Louisiana, a trifling present given to customers by tradesmen; a gratuity.
- n. A tip or gratuity.
- n. Anything obtained gratuitously or unexpectedly.
- n. a small gift (especially one given by a merchant to a customer who makes a purchase)
- From Cajun French, from Spanish la ñapa variant of yapa, from Quechua yapay. (Wiktionary)
- Louisiana French, from American Spanish la ñapa, the gift : la, the (from Latin illa, feminine of ille, that, the; see al-1 in Indo-European roots) + ñapa (variant of yapa, gift, from Quechua, from yapay, to give more). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“NEW ORLEANS — In these parts, they refer to it as lagniappe, a Cajun word that roughly translated means “a little bit extra.””
“What we call a lagniappe, a little somethin 'extra.”
“It is the unearnable gift, the divine reversal and sacred surprise, the still small voice that drowns out the din of the maddening crowd, the little bit extra that my Cajun friends call lagniappe, the very thing we "deserve" the least but get anyway.”
“Just to entertain you, I'll pass on that JR, at L'homme qui marche, seeing "lagniappe" in your last entry, decided to look it up.”
“Baksheesh or whatever they call it; every language has its own word from "lagniappe" to "pishkesh" to "mordida" "h'eung yau" is - am I stereotyping yet or will a scholar back me up?”
“Waller's music, as "lagniappe," while cold chills raced up and down the spines of his hearers -- more or less immune to sensations of that character.”
“Tellem "JOE PARIS" sent you and receive some "lagniappe" with your meal!”
“Thirty-three teams prepared barbecue and "lagniappe" side dishes for about 1,300 guests to enjoy in the shade of the soaring Live oaks of Oaklawn, home of Don and Peggy Sprabery, who host this event annually to help support the orchestra.”
“Local revelers are expected to come out to party, but raising money for a good cause is more than just "lagniappe," a Louisiana term for "a little something extra.”
“The "lagniappe" gift comes in addition to the $100,000 yearly grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation that was secured by the local program after reaching membership goals and achieving success in its programs.”
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