bo·​nan·​za | \bə-ˈnan-zə \

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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Here’s how to make sense of the sales bonanza that starts July 16. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Amazon Prime Day: insider tips to getting the best deals and avoiding the hype," 9 July 2018 After Moon, Kim is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump in May or June, raising the possibility of a click-bait bonanza — Ri meeting her U.S. counterpart, Melania Trump. Washington Post, "Kim Jong Un turns to his wife and sister to soften his image," 18 Apr. 2018 The material went into a bonanza of cars, home appliances, and food cans. Jonathan Schifman, Popular Mechanics, "The Entire History of Steel," 9 July 2018 Amazon Prime Day's 36-hour bonanza of discounts goes into full swing on July 16. Dieter Holger, PCWorld, "Here's all 21 free games available through Twitch for Prime Day," 3 July 2018 The bonanza of public money persuaded the league’s owners to let the team move, and melted the N.F.L.’s long-running objections to playing in Las Vegas — based on the presence of legal sports gambling. Ken Belson, New York Times, "As Golden Knights Soar, Las Vegas Stakes Its Claim as a Sports Town," 27 Feb. 2018 It’s hard to find a better case study on how index funds load up on hot, expensive stocks than the tech bonanza of 2017. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Tech Stocks Soared In 2017. That Could Hurt You In 2018," 5 Jan. 2018 So just how unexpected is this new bonanza, given the historical context? Joshua Miller,, "State lands tax windfall: $1.2 billion more than expected," 6 July 2018 Bote bonanza: Bote was happy that someone retrieved his home run ball that landed in the shrubs beyond the center-field wall. Mark Gonzales,, "Cubs haven't been sidetracked by missing players," 5 July 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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