• WordNet 3.6
    • n largess liberality in bestowing gifts; extremely liberal and generous of spirit
    • n largess a gift or money given (as for service or out of benevolence); usually given ostentatiously
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Largess A present; a gift; a bounty bestowed. "The heralds finished their proclamation with their usual cry of “ Largesse largesse , gallant knights!” and gold and silver pieces were showered on them from the galleries."
    • Largess Liberality; generosity; bounty. "Fulfilled of largesse and of all grace."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n largess Liberality; generosity; bounty.
    • n largess A liberal gift or donation; a present; a bounty bestowed.
    • n largess Synonyms Gratuity, etc. See present, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Largess lärj′es a present or donation:
    • n Largess lärj′es (arch.) liberality
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. largesse, fr. large,. See Large (a.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. largitiolargīri, to give freely—largus.


In literature:

On the flats around the Whitehorse Rapids was a great largess of wild flowers.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
This ceremony being concluded, a company of heralds came forward before the king, and proclaimed "a largesse," as it was called.
"Richard III" by Jacob Abbott
De quelle largesse est il?
"Dialogues in French and English" by William Caxton
Funds for loans having become available, the American Treasury proceeded to distribute its largesse generously.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume VI (of VIII)" by Various
He was in a mood to scatter largesse among the crowd.
"A Great Man" by Arnold Bennett
Largesse, still in use, 557.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
The Crew was living off the largesse of experience built up by their bodies.
"Has Anyone Here Seen Kelly?" by Bryce Walton
Put Christ into the Tabernacle, and it will cast its treasures like a king's largess at your feet.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman
On royal birthdays and on great festivals they also required largess.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
She had next to settle with the wife of her guide, who had besieged her the whole day, and incessantly petitioned for largesse.
"Celebrated Women Travellers of the Nineteenth Century" by W. H. Davenport Adams
The visits were always made opportunities for the distribution of largesses, and scarcely one of {124} the guests ever went empty away.
"Rulers of India: Akbar" by George Bruce Malleson
There was no calculation in the largess.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 94, August, 1865" by Various
The popular idol in France must distribute largesse, and distribute it individually, or be profitable in some other way.
"An Englishman in Paris" by Albert D. (Albert Dresden) Vandam
Melt down the largess, fling out the pendulum to the breeze, and howl the battle cry of Dines!
"Stepsons of Light" by Eugene Manlove Rhodes
Henry in his bluff fashion made the best of it, and called the booty largesse.
"The Wives of Henry the Eighth and the Parts They Played in History" by Martin Hume
On this occasion he distributed considerable largesses among the Meccans.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1" by Various
He dismissed his uniformed attendants with largesse.
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
The satisfaction of having a fellow creature servile before your largess is a factor.
"The Itching Palm" by William R Scott
A distribution of tobacco, in the way of largess, was also a necessity of the case.
"Old New Zealand:" by 'A Pakeha Maori' [Frederick Edwa [Maning]
One day a merry crowd of them were collected on the plain outside the city, and largess was distributed to more than 11,000.
"The Unveiling of Lhasa" by Edmund Candler

In poetry:

Saw ponderous limbs far-veined with gold
Pulse fiery life o'er wood and plain,
While scattered, fell from monstrous palms
The largess of the rain;
"Clouds" by Madison Julius Cawein
Immortal prigs took heaven by storm,
Prigs scattered largesses of praise;
The work of both was rather warm;
“This is,” she said, “the thing that pays!”
"A Ballad Of A Bun" by Sir Owen Seaman
One not TOO hard on the poor country people,
Peons and silly vaqueros, who, dazzled
By reckless skill, and, perchance, reckless largesse,
Wink at some queer things.
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte
New flowery scents strewed everywhere,
New sunshine poured in largesse fair,
"We shall be happy now," we say.
A voice just trembles through the air,
And whispers, "May."
"May" by Susan Coolidge
Gladly she gives, by manlike men possessed,
Her long-stored wealth of teeming reef and fold,
Pouring against the portals of the West
From open hands, largess of fleece and gold.
"South Africa - 1899" by Cicely Fox Smith
No more of springtime hopes, sweet and uncertain,
Here we have largess of summer in fee­
Pile high the logs till the flame be leaping,
At bay the chill of the autumn keeping,
While pilgrim-wise, we may go a-reaping
In the fairest meadow of memory!
"By an Autumn Fire" by Lucy Maud Montgomery

In news:

China biggest beneficiary of its African largess.
Tis season to avoid vendor largess JEN LEARN-ANDES.
Koch brothers' largess stirs controversy.
Father's Day largess no match for mom's gifts.
China biggest beneficiary of its African largess .
Thanks to Storm's largesse, yesterday's joke is today's opportunity.
Romney realized the church's largesse and the games sponsors couldn't cover costs.
But no sector of Liberty has visibly benefited from the university's largess like the athletic department.
But, it could also alienate locals who benefit from some of the largesse.
He knows recipients of largesse such as that distributed through the "stimulus" and "cash for clunkers" are likely to be grateful enough to vote for him.
ST PETER — It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas in downtown St Peter, thanks to the $25,000 largesse of a secret Santa.
Other beneficiaries of the Meads ' largess include the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center, which offers free daily concerts.
Israel's largesse for the Palestinians.
Israel's largesse for the Palestinians .
The largesse didn't go to the coaches who will lead their teams on the sidelines next season.

In science:

Loebner’s largesse be? The goal of furthering the scientific understanding of complex human behavior is no less laudable now than it was before the competition, but clearly, a direct assault on a valid test of intelligent behavior is out of the question for a long time; even the prize committee well appreciates that.
Lessons from a Restricted Turing Test