bonanza

noun
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

Examples of bonanza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Its credulity-straining fares — $199 round trip from New York and San Francisco — were key elements of a tourism bonanza that lifted Iceland from its catastrophic 2008 financial crisis. New York Times, "Iceland’s Purple Planes Are Grounded, and With Them, Its Economy," 25 Aug. 2019 These days, Nelson Tasman offers a bona fide bonanza of first-rate activities and destinations for nature-lovers, oenophiles, gourmets, and aesthetes alike. Fortune, "New Zealand’s Hottest Destination Is One You’ve Likely Never Heard Of," 18 Aug. 2019 The 9/11 attacks and the 2008 financial crash — nationalism with a vengeance produced by the former and the end of the cheap-credit bonanza provoked by the latter — exposed the inner contradictions of the (dis)order built after the 1970s. Mario Del Pero, Washington Post, "How the 1970s spawned democracy’s current crisis," 1 Aug. 2019 The story was the kind of public relations bonanza that city leaders and urban planners covet. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "All-Star Game gives nation a new look at Cleveland’s grit, relevance: Phillip Morris," 7 July 2019 But free agency, introduced in the midst of the TV bonanza, improved everyone’s lot. Conor Orr, SI.com, "Fate of the Union: What the NFLPA Can Learn From the Fight of '77," 18 June 2019 But to others, promises of a Brexit bonanza smell fishy. Washington Post, "Promises of Brexit bonanza look fishy for seafood industry," 6 Sep. 2019 But those hardly constitute a left-of-center ballot bonanza. Ben Christopher, The Mercury News, "Bluer than blue: Are California Democrats ready to exploit a possible lopsided primary turnout?," 3 Sep. 2019 The result is an audio-visual bonanza told on a huge canvas, alternately psychedelic, baffling, gorgeous, soul-crushing, and hilarious. Peter Opaskar, Ars Technica, "Apocalypse Now Final Cut," 31 Aug. 2019

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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

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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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