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
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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.
Stevenson died in 1894, long before the publishing industry developed summer reading as a promotions bonanza.
The NBA’s free agency period has actually been pretty sensible so far, especially compared to last year’s cash bonanza, when GMs were handing out cap-crippling deals to Evan Turner-types (get your money, Evan!).
Whether the early bonanza is a harbinger of a strong season, though, remains to be seen.
The spending bonanza—on roads, high-speed internet, health care and education in Northern Ireland—is modest as pork goes, amounting to 0.13% of the...
Much of the material only recently has been opened for viewing for free by the public — a bonanza for fans of good design.
The primate breakdance bonanza started off as a simple dip in the pool kept behind-the-scenes at the zoo.
Business energy tax credits became a billion-dollar bonanza after then-Gov.
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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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