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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Amazon Amazon Prime Day, the company’s two-day discount-deal bonanza, is in full swing. Mike Murphy, Quartz, "Use Prime Day to turn your dumb home into a smart one," 15 July 2019 But the work by the three countries vying for the Arctic—and that of dozens of others elsewhere in the world—has been a bonanza for oceanography. Richard Kemeny, Science | AAAS, "As countries battle for control of North Pole, science is the ultimate winner," 20 June 2019 The surprise storm that swept across California in May was a late-season bonanza that topped off the lakes and may help alleviate the early-season fire outlook. Tom Stienstra,, "Planning a trip to California’s far north this summer? Read this first.," 7 June 2019 This game was a time capsule: a one-off (the Warriors hope) in which Curry attempted 31 shots, his most in a playoff game since a bonanza against the Blazers in 2016. Rob Mahoney,, "Even With Stephen Curry at His Best, the Hobbled Warriors Stumble in Game 3," 6 June 2019 Mrs Pizzuti Henry was clearly impressed with Salah, and posted on her official Twitter account to rejoice in Salah's goalscoring bonanza., "Liverpool Owner's Wife Takes to Twitter to Heap Praise on Star Forward After 5-0 Watford Thrashing," 18 Mar. 2018 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

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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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