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 bonanzab : a very large amount a bonanza of sympathyc : extravaganza channels planning all-day viewing bonanzas — William Borders
Recent Examples of bonanza from the Web
Right-hander Matt Garza escaped some early jams to turn in 6 1/3 scoreless innings, completing a three-day bonanza for the Brewers’ starting rotation.
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Whether the early bonanza is a harbinger of a strong season, though, remains to be seen.
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But the emerging dominance of mobile is a bonanza specifically for Google and Facebook.
Only when Houston was about to host the Super Bowl—a potential bonanza for ride-sharing apps—did Uber agree to a truce.
And Uber added customers amid this winter’s #DeleteUber campaign and bonanza of unsettling scandals.
But that sluggish performance ended up being the final key, as for the first time in decades, New York turned seller at the trade deadline and unloaded its most productive veterans, bringing back a bonanza of blue-chip prospects.
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Origin and Etymology 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: 1825See Words from the same year
BONANZA Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bonanza for English Language Learners
: something that produces very good results for someone or something
: a large amount of something valuable
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