bonus

noun
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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Recent Examples on the Web

As a bonus: The diminutive devices have price points to match. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "16 Best Slow Cookers That Do All the Hard Work for You," 1 Nov. 2018 And if that’s not reason enough to drop $1,000 on a new phone, Note 9 pre-orders through Samsung.com can also score a whopping 15,000 V-Bucks as a bonus. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Samsung celebrates the Galaxy Note 9 launch with Fortnite beta access and 15,000 free V-Bucks," 9 Aug. 2018 And don’t treat inheritance as a retirement income stream but as an unexpected bonus. Susan Moeller, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop giving so much money to your kids, and 8 more ways to afford retirement," 5 June 2018 For bonus points, Jeff Brannigan, director of programming at Stretch*d, a stretching-only wellness studio in New York City, recommends the following three stretches for long flights. Southern Living, "The One Thing You Should Do Every Hour on a Plane," 25 May 2018 The show gets bonus points for the final episode, which allowed Notaro to exact some creative revenge on Louis C.K., who was credited as a producer on the series despite the her very vocal protests. Jennifer M. Wood, WIRED, "10 Great Shows You Can Binge-Watch in a Single Weekend," 24 May 2018 Competitors receive bonus points for scoring hits and finishing the course with time left on the clock. Ralph Winingham, San Antonio Express-News, "Ancient martial art combines horseback riding, archery skills," 24 May 2018 This has the bonus effect of deterring moisture-loving mold and other pests like ants and cockroaches. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Rid of Moths in Every Part of Your Home, According to Experts," 13 Mar. 2019 The nominees in 25 top categories (and a bonus category, Album Notes) follow. Aja Romano, Vox, "Grammy nominations 2019: Kendrick Lamar’s Black Panther soundtrack and Drake lead the pack," 7 Feb. 2019

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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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bonus

noun

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

bonus

noun
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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