Part of speech: noun
Origin: Louisiana French, unknown
Something given as a bonus or extra gift.
Examples of Lagniappe in a sentence
"She loved slipping a lagniappe into the stocking of each grandchild on Christmas Eve."
"As a little lagniappe, the cafe offered a shortbread cookie with each cup of coffee."
Popularity Over Time
Lagniappe has American roots — it developed in Louisiana French by way of the Spanish word "la ñapa" (an extra or a gratuity).
Did you Know?
Thinking about gifting some lagniappes to your loved ones this holiday season? There are many fun things that you can stuff into stockings or gift to Secret Santas — peruse local and online businesses, bake cookies, or create matching jewelry, for just a few ideas!