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Definition of bonanza

1 mining : an exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit (as of an ore, precious metal, or petroleum)
2a : 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

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Recent Examples on the Web The total cost of the tax-break bonanza is $328 billion, according to the Joint Committee on Taxation, Congress’s non-partisan scorekeeper. Laura Davison,, "Beer, Restaurants and Nascar Win Tax Breaks in Virus-Relief Bill," 21 Dec. 2020 Looking into the near future, Ohio State’s recruiting bonanza at the position will introduce a new wrinkle to that collective concept. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "What Emeka Egbuka’s commitment means for Ohio State football: Buckeye recruiting," 12 Dec. 2020 The startup bonanza hardly seemed certain earlier in the year, as the coronavirus pandemic gripped the country, laying waste to millions of jobs and entire industries, and venture firms braced for depressed valuations and startup failures. Heather Somerville, WSJ, "Tech IPO Bonanza Yields Riches for Venture-Capital Firms," 11 Dec. 2020 With 28 yards on six carries, Ingram did not get in on the rushing bonanza. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Ravens run over Cowboys in NFL Tuesday night game," 9 Dec. 2020 The law’s defeat on the tails of the pandemic bonanza has once again whetted investors’ appetite for food delivery. The Economist, "DoorDash is a dish served piping hot. Will it cool?," 21 Nov. 2020 A decade later, the shopping bonanza has become the world's largest, regularly dwarfing Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales in the U.S., and giving Amazon Prime Day a run for its money. CBS News, "Chinese shoppers spend over $100 billion in Singles' Day extravaganza," 11 Nov. 2020 China's annual Singles Day online shopping bonanza is on pace to break records despite the Covid-19 crisis. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "It's a big day for Alibaba. You wouldn't know from its stock," 11 Nov. 2020 The year 2020 has been a bonanza for companies going public while Coinbase is currently riding high thanks to Bitcoin prices that just broke $20,000. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "Coinbase adds Cisco vet to board ahead of rumored IPO," 16 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of bonanza

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bonanza

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

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“Bonanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonanza

: something that produces very good results for someone or something
: a large amount of something valuable

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