bo·​nus | \ˈbō-nəs \

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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Recent Examples on the Web

Fort Worth schools is offering a $500 bonus for new hires The message will also be included in Spanish and English television and radio ads, Griffith said. Diane Smith, star-telegram, "Hey, Fort Worth students, do you know what time classes start next school year?," 13 July 2018 The company receives a $250 bonus for every student who passes the AZMerit statewide achievement test. Craig Harris, azcentral, "Arizona charter school founder makes millions building his own schools," 11 July 2018 In San Diego, for example, drivers can accrue a dollar-per-ride bonus for using plug-in hybrids or full battery electric vehicles, with a maximum payout of $20 per week. Tracey Lien And Jennifer Van Grove,, "Uber begins a push to get its drivers into electric cars," 28 June 2018 The benefits include a dry cleaning allowance, a stipend for wearing body cameras, and bonuses for earning college degrees. Michael Levenson,, "Raises for Methuen officers are astronomical — and a surprise for the city," 25 June 2018 Carlson's contract includes a $2 million signing bonus for both the 2020-21 and 2022-23 seasons, protection for when the NHL could enter a lockout, according to The Athletic's Pierre LeBrun., "Digest (June 24): Brigade keep AFL lead despite loss to Empire," 24 June 2018 Perez said Webber LLC, the contractor, will receive a $500,000 incentive bonus for finishing earlier than allotted by the terms of the contract. Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle, "Southbound I-69 at San Jacinto Bridge to open Monday," 21 June 2018 His bonuses for team individual season Academic Progress Rates range from $10,000 for 940 to $40,000 for 970. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Football coach Lane Kiffin signs 10-year, $9.5 million contract with Florida Atlantic," 21 June 2018 He was paid about €5 million in salary and bonuses for 2017, up from €3 million in 2016, according to Volkswagen’s annual report. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "Audi Chief Executive Rupert Stadler Arrested Over Diesel Scandal," 18 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bonus.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of bonus

1772, 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 1772

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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 \

Kids Definition of bonus

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

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something that serves to warn or remind

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