Largesse is extreme generosity. If your neighbors bring you an expensive watch from Switzerland because you fed their cat while they were traveling, thank them for their largesse.

Though pronounced "lar JESS," the word largesse looks sort of like largeness. That's an easy way to remember what largesse means: think of it as largeness of spirit. Largesse can describe the generosity of someone giving gifts, or it can describe the gift itself. You could dispense largess by buying your brother a flashy car from your lottery winnings.

Definitions of largesse
  1. noun
    liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
    synonyms: largess, magnanimity, munificence, openhandedness
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    type of:
    liberality, liberalness
    the trait of being generous in behavior and temperament
  2. noun
    a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
    synonyms: largess
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    type of:
    something acquired without compensation
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