bo·​nan·​za | \ bə-ˈnan-zə How to pronounce bonanza (audio) \

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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Alas, the vitriolic Trump-on-the-Stump is hardly a rating bonanza, and even Fox is now declining to broadcast these events in their entirely. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: Jared Kushner Is a Hidden Genius," 14 Oct. 2018 The soccer bonanza rolls on Saturday with a four-match slate, which features Ronaldo's rival in excellence, Lionel Messi. Editors, USA TODAY, "Scorching weather, Father's Day and World Cup group stage: 5 things to know this weekend," 16 June 2018 But not all companies are sharing equally in the digital ad bonanza. Benjamin Mullin, WSJ, "Brands Now Spend Nearly Two Thirds of Digital Advertising on Mobile, IAB Says," 13 Nov. 2018 So the bonanza is pretty serious business for the economy. Rebekka Ayres, Teen Vogue, "Black Friday, Explained: A Complete History," 23 Nov. 2018 The artificial island bonanza The idea of building artificial islands isn’t a new one, nor necessarily a high-tech one. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Darren Aronofsky’s Pi day: this week in tech, 20 years ago," 14 July 2018 And, as if that's not bad enough for the insurer, then the plaintiff hits the insurer for a bonanza recovery by settlement or trial. Jon Wertheim,, "Mailbag: 10 Storylines to Follow at Indian Wells 2018," 7 Mar. 2018 Now past its ninth year, the discounts have been scaled back, but the day has since become a must-do marketing event for consumer brands in China, with some brands preparing months in advance for the shopping bonanza. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s Next Chairman, Fancies Himself a Free Spirit," 10 Sep. 2018 Something must be in the late April air that generates nostalgia because this weekend in the casinos provides a bonanza for those who fondly remember the 1960s through the 1980s. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Iconic soft rock acts come to the region's casinos | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018

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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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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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