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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The movie is expected to draw enthusiastic crowds across Asia after its box-office bonanza in the U.S. Directed by John M. Chu, the film was adapted from Singaporean author Kevin Kwan's best-selling novel of the same name. Fox News, "'Crazy Rich Asians' receives mixed emotion reviews in Asia," 22 Aug. 2018 My guess is Mayweather will not be paying taxes on his $100,000 bonanza. Norman Chad, San Antonio Express-News, "Chad: Don’t worry about bookies as gambling proliferates," 21 May 2018 Stay tuned to Ars for more on Valve's first stab at a collectible card bonanza. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Artifact beta: Learn how to play Valve’s first card game… and how to pay," 17 Nov. 2018 La Table has something for every occasion, from to-go food at the bakery to a casual bite at Le Marche to a fine dining bonanza at The Chateau. Diana Oates, Condé Nast Traveler, "20 Best Restaurants in Houston," 1 Oct. 2018 However, the hurricane has led to a big influx of disaster relief and private insurance payments, a bonanza that led Mr. Rosselló to project that the island could end the next five years with a cumulative surplus of $6.3 billion. Mary Williams Walsh, New York Times, "Hurricane Aid Has Eased Puerto Rico’s Finances. It May Not Be Enough.," 19 Apr. 2018 Jake Guentzel potted his first of the postseason at 7:50 of the second period, and just 71 seconds later, Crosby joined in on the goal bonanza with his latest bat-the-puck-out-of-the-air effort, a tally that chased Flyers starter Brian Elliott. Michael Blinn,, "Stanley Cup Playoffs Roundup: Crosby, Penguins Rout Flyers in Postseason Opener," 12 Apr. 2018 For sports leagues and gambling industries, the imminent expansion of legalized sports betting promises a bonanza. David Crary,, "Expanded sports betting fuels fears about gambling addiction," 19 May 2018 Shelby, this is going to be a gargantuan media bonanza for those who want to push their case. Fox News, "Kennedy: Kavanaugh is firm that allegation didn't happen," 18 Sep. 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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The first known use of bonanza was in 1825

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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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