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 In mid-December, as her ARK Innovation ETF's shares (ARKK) were plummeting, Cathie Wood doubled down on her claim that betting on adventurous, world-shaking technologies would prove a bonanza in the years ahead. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 12 Jan. 2022 That stimulus effort fueled a stock bonanza in 2020 and 2021, but the Fed gravy train is going away in the first half of this year. Allison Morrow, CNN, 4 Jan. 2022 The kingdom’s announced $64 billion overall investment in the entertainment sector is expected to keep flowing over the next decade, becoming a bonanza for film and TV producers in the region and beyond. Nick Vivarelli, Variety, 20 Dec. 2021 For some local retailers, the event was primarily a moneymaking bonanza. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, 12 Dec. 2021 However, the government’s change in stance could spell a bonanza for those still in business, say experts. Niharika Sharma, Quartz, 16 Nov. 2021 This year's deals bonanza takes place — as per usual — the day after Thanksgiving on Friday, November 26. Adam Marshall, The Week, 12 Nov. 2021 There’s a certain aisle at CVS, Walgreens and other large drugstores that’s like a snoring-remedy bonanza. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2021 Tesla’s trillion-plus valuation amounts to an augury by investors that EVs will turn out to be a bonanza for Tesla and Tesla alone. Shawn Tully, Fortune, 30 Nov. 2021

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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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19 Jan 2022

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“Bonanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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