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 So, consider 2019's UEFA championship to be a little extra bonus. Aj Willingham, CNN, "20 things to look forward to in 2020," 28 Dec. 2019 For the best of the best, there is additional $5,000 bonus for the one MVP in each match. Marilyn Payne, For The Win, "A start-up swimming league wants to revolutionize the sport for athletes and fans," 20 Dec. 2019 Added bonus: Nail Artist Betina Goldstein shows you exactly how to do it in this handy tutorial. Vanessa Paredes, Redbook, "Ring in the New Year with These Chic Nail Trends," 16 Dec. 2019 Should highly Instagrammable selfies occur backstage afterwards -- well, that's just an added bonus for the hard-working actors involved, as the below Broadway stars attest from their own experiences with famous visitors. Rob Ledonne, Billboard, "What's It Like When Katy Perry Visits Your Musical? Broadway Stars Share Their Favorite Celebrity Guest Stories," 26 Nov. 2019 An added bonus to the day: the Farmington Hills Mercy outside hitter was named Michigan’s 2019 Miss Volleyball. Tom Lang, Detroit Free Press, "Farmington Hills Mercy's Mruzik signs with Wolverines, named Michigan Miss Volleyball," 19 Nov. 2019 The agreement provides for a three-year contract with salary increases and signing bonuses, Boehm said in a statement. Sophie Carson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Bus union members approve contract with Milwaukee County Transit System after lengthy negotiations," 15 Nov. 2019 Earlier this year, Muilenburg informed employees the company would pay no bonuses in 2019. Stephen Gandel, CBS News, "Boeing CEO: "I thought about" quitting after 737 Max crashes," 6 Nov. 2019 Not counting signing bonuses, the average base salary for graduates of the five American schools with the highest earning potential was $139,000. The Economist, "American business schools are reinventing the MBA," 2 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of bonus was in 1759

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7 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Bonus.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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How to pronounce bonus (audio)

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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