bonus

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noun bo·nus \ˈbō-nəs\

Definition of bonus

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

Examples of bonus in a Sentence

  1. As a bonus for good behavior you can stay up late.

  2. The product has the added bonus of providing extra vitamins.

  3. Staff members were given a bonus for finishing the project on schedule.

  4. The company offered bonuses to entice new workers.

  5. We receive annual bonuses at the end of the year.

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Origin and Etymology of bonus

Latin, literally, good — more at bounty


First Known Use: 1772


BONUS Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of bonus for English Language Learners

  • : something good that is more than what was expected or required

  • : an extra amount of money that is given to an employee


BONUS Defined for Kids

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noun bo·nus \ˈbō-nəs\

Definition of bonus for Students

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



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