- Something given as a bonus or extra gift.
“My grandmother always slips a lagniappe, such as a chocolate or a postcard, into her guest’s napkins as a part of their table setting.”
“The café offers a shortbread cookie as a little lagniappe with each cup of coffee.”
“A glass of champagne is a nice lagniappe to receive at the salon, but it’s not the only reason I go to my hairdresser.”
Louisiana French, mid-19th century
Why this word?
“Lagniappe” has American roots — it developed in Louisiana French by way of the Spanish word “la ñapa,” which means “an extra or a gratuity.”
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