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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Now past its ninth year, the discounts have been scaled back, but the day has since become a must-do marketing event for consumer brands in China, with some brands preparing months in advance for the shopping bonanza. Liza Lin, WSJ, "Daniel Zhang, Alibaba’s Next Chairman, Fancies Himself a Free Spirit," 10 Sep. 2018 Something must be in the late April air that generates nostalgia because this weekend in the casinos provides a bonanza for those who fondly remember the 1960s through the 1980s. Mel Shields, sacbee, "Iconic soft rock acts come to the region's casinos | The Sacramento Bee," 20 Apr. 2018 This morning the organizers of the Pitchfork Music Festival began to unveil a number of the performers for the annual three-day bonanza; the 13th iteration runs July 20-22, once again at Union Park. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Music Pitchfork Music Festival announces its first wave of acts for 2018," 27 Feb. 2018 With what feels like half the league tanking and the big-name squads all staying quiet this winter, the stage is set for a bonanza of moves this summer. Staff,, "2018 MLB Awards Predictions: Who Will Take Home Baseball's Top Honors?," 27 Mar. 2018 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

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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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grandiloquent, ostentatious, or bombastic

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