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

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 The sooner the recruit joins the training, the higher the bonus, the USAREC said. Gabriela Miranda, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 If the new recruit decides to go to training within 90 days, the additional quick-ship bonus would get the new recruit to the maximum amount. Chandelis Duster, CNN, 13 Jan. 2022 Atholton entered the bonus midway through the second quarter and finished 15 of 21 from the line in the first half. Jacob Steinberg,, 12 Jan. 2022 The bonus is the offense, which returns QB Spencer Sanders and several skilled playmakers. Matt Murschel,, 11 Jan. 2022 Moments later, 44-year-old Brady threw a quick pass toward 32-year-old Gronkowski, securing the 55 receptions bonus. Jason Duaine Hahn,, 10 Jan. 2022 With its zipper compartment, everything is cozily locked into place, and the bonus? Urmila Ramakrishnan, Bon Appétit, 7 Jan. 2022 An added bonus of being a brunette is that, of all colors, brown hair takes the least amount of maintenance. Kristen Bateman, New York Times, 28 Dec. 2021 Out a Craig Smith timeout with the Utes (8-4) nursing that 49-45 lead, freshman guard Lazar Stefanovic putting Utah in the bonus. Josh Newman, The Salt Lake Tribune, 21 Dec. 2021

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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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17 Jan 2022

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“Bonus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2022.

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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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