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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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Recent Examples on the Web This bonanza of good barbecue has come about despite declining sales, labor cutbacks, occasional beef shortages, health concerns and even, in one case, worries over visa extensions. Tim Carman, Washington Post, "The best barbecue joints in the D.C. area," 10 Nov. 2020 This baby gym is a total bonanza of playtime entertainment. Tessa Bahoosh, USA TODAY, "30 of the best gifts you can get from Carter's," 6 Nov. 2020 Over the next few decades, the company perfected the waiting experience with a bonanza of abstract art, murals, props, and elaborate preshows designed to entertain but also distract its guests from the endless waiting. Elissaveta M. Brandon, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Could End Waiting in Line," 28 Oct. 2020 Their biggest payday came a week after the Hoosier Lottery bonanza. Tim Evans, The Indianapolis Star, "66 winning lottery tickets. $6.3 million. What's up with Ivy League group's winning streak?," 11 Nov. 2020 Alibaba started offering Singles Day discounts in 2009 and has since turned the event into a bonanza of online shopping. Sherisse Pham, CNN, "Singles Day: Alibaba sales blitz set for record haul as Chinese shake off Covid-19," 10 Nov. 2020 This year, Southern California has seen a bonanza of sleek new hotels. Rosemary Mcclure, Los Angeles Times, "Socially distance your out-of-town holiday guests at these six new L.A.-area hotels," 7 Nov. 2020 The bonanza of Chinese purchases Trump promised after his January trade deal have yet to materialize. Mike Dorning,, "Trump’s Rural Edge Shrinks With Enthusiasm Fading in Key States," 25 Oct. 2020 One reason for the bonanza is that Chinese stock markets are outshining global peers, aided by the country’s economic recovery as the first in and first out of the coronavirus pandemic. Joanne Chiu, WSJ, "China Is Experiencing a Boom in Share Sales," 20 Oct. 2020

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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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“Bonanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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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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