bo·​nus | \ ˈbō-nəs How to pronounce bonus (audio) \

Definition of bonus

: something in addition to what is expected or strictly due: such as
a : money or an equivalent given in addition to an employee's usual compensation
b : a premium (as of stock) given by a corporation to a purchaser of its securities, to a promoter, or to an employee
c : a government payment to war veterans
d : a sum in excess of salary given to an athlete for signing with a team

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Examples of bonus in a Sentence

As a bonus for good behavior you can stay up late. The product has the added bonus of providing extra vitamins. Staff members were given a bonus for finishing the project on schedule. The company offered bonuses to entice new workers. We receive annual bonuses at the end of the year.
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First Known Use of bonus

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonus

Latin, literally, good — more at bounty

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The first known use of bonus was in 1759

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17 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Bonus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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How to pronounce bonus (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of bonus

: something good that is more than what was expected or required
: an extra amount of money that is given to an employee


bo·​nus | \ ˈbō-nəs How to pronounce bonus (audio) \

Kids Definition of bonus

: something given to someone (as a worker) in addition to what is usual or owed

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