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bonanza

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noun bo·nan·za \bə-ˈnan-zə\

Simple Definition of bonanza

  • : something that produces very good results for someone or something

  • : a large amount of something valuable

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bonanza

  1. 1 :  an exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit (as of an ore, precious metal, or petroleum)

  2. 2 a :  something that is very valuable, profitable, or rewarding <a box-office bonanza> b :  a very large amount <a bonanza of sympathy> c :  extravaganza <channels planning all-day viewing bonanzas — William Borders>

Origin of bonanza

Spanish, literally, calm sea, from Medieval Latin bonacia, alteration of Latin malacia, from Greek malakia, literally, softness, from malakos soft


First Known Use: 1829

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