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Money given as a gratuity; a tip.

[French, from pour boire, for drinking : pour, for (from Old French, from Latin prō; see pro-1) + boire, to drink (from Old French boivre, from Latin bibere; see beverage).]
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(Commerce) a tip; gratuity
[literally: for drinking]
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n., pl. -boires (-ˈbwɑrz, -ˈbwɑr)
a gratuity; tip.
[1810–15; < French: literally, for drinking]
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A French term meaning for drinking, used to mean a gratuity.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pourboire - a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)pourboire - a relatively small amount of money given for services rendered (as by a waiter)
fringe benefit, perk, perquisite - an incidental benefit awarded for certain types of employment (especially if it is regarded as a right); "a limousine is one of the fringe benefits of the job"
Christmas box - a present given at Christmas for services during the year
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The horses were stopped, the lovers were ordered to disentangle themselves, the boy was to lose his pourboire, the girl was immediately to get down.