bo·​nan·​za bə-ˈnan-zə How to pronounce bonanza (audio)
mining : an exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit (as of an ore, precious metal, or petroleum)
: something that is very valuable, profitable, or rewarding
a box-office bonanza
: a very large amount
a bonanza of sympathy
: extravaganza
channels planning all-day viewing bonanzasWilliam Borders

Examples of bonanza in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By Judy Berman June 7, 2024 8:00 AM EDT Quantity, not quality, defined the Peak TV era, an original-content bonanza that began when streaming services started making their own shows in the mid-2010s and was on the wane by the time Americans emerged from pandemic isolation. Judy Berman, TIME, 7 June 2024 The idea is for publishers to get a cut of the bonanza of ads the tech giants are pulling in. Shelby Grad, Los Angeles Times, 25 May 2024 Yet a late campaign cash bonanza may have turned the race on its head, to Dexter's benefit. Geoffrey Skelley, ABC News, 20 May 2024 This bonanza of a brick fest offers life-size models, hands-on attractions and shopping opportunities for hard-to-find LEGO merchandise. Brittany Delay, The Mercury News, 17 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for bonanza 

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Word History


Spanish, literally, calm sea, from Medieval Latin bonacia, alteration of Latin malacia, from Greek malakia, literally, softness, from malakos soft

First Known Use

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bonanza was in 1825

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“Bonanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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bo·​nan·​za bə-ˈnan-zə How to pronounce bonanza (audio)
: a large and rich mineral deposit
: something that brings a rich return

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