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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And as a bonus, Big Sky is also known for being an uncrowded ski area, which adds to your space even more. Alexa Tucker, SELF, "8 Great Places to Learn How to Ski If You've Never Been," 16 Feb. 2019 As a bonus, check out this locket necklace, which looks like the gift Harvey gives Sabrina in the first ep! Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "5 Last-Minute "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Halloween Costumes That Are Totally Spellbinding," 30 Oct. 2018 Both designs boast a dimmer switch control and, as a bonus, the Omonic version even comes with a salt candle holder. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "Those Himalayan Salt Lamps Everyone's Obsessed With Now Come in Skull Form," 25 Sep. 2018 Beyond a set salary, CEOs’ compensation packages include other forms of income, such as bonuses, company stock options, and long-term incentive payouts, which can vary based on performance and the status of the stock market. Alexia Fernández Campbell, Vox, "A new study shows that CEOs made about 312 times more money in 2017 than the average worker.," 16 Aug. 2018 And as a bonus, the Flip-It! cap system is top-shelf dishwasher safe. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "This Ingenious Gadget Gets Every Drop Of Shampoo Out Of The Bottle," 12 July 2018 After paying penalties during the international signing period to bigger draft signing bonuses, some of that money can shift toward the Major League roster. Bobby Nightengale,, "Dick Williams: Cincinnati Reds planning to increase Major League payroll for 2019 season," 9 July 2018 However, by signing Jorginho - whose transfer to Manchester City seems to have stalled because of wrangling about bonuses - the Blues could potentially remove all remaining obstacles to Sarri's appointment., "Chelsea Ready to Derail Napoli Star's Move to Man City & End Agonising Wait for New Manager," 9 July 2018 The other bonus: Those simple, practical styles aren't likely to go out of style soon, making these pieces safe investments. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "The Most Beautiful Rugs in the World Are Now Actually Affordable," 28 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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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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