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

Macron also called on businesses to give their employees year-end bonuses. Jennifer Williams, Vox, "Embattled French President Macron announces concessions to quell weeks of violent protests," 11 Dec. 2018 Burgess said the contract puts Seattle near the middle of pay levels among seven benchmark West Coast cities, and will help with recruitment of new officers and slow the loss of officers leaving for higher salaries and signing bonuses. Steve Miletich, The Seattle Times, "Looming Seattle City Council vote on police labor contract generates political friction right down to the wire," 13 Nov. 2018 Added bonus: the ever-fabulous Misty Knight makes an appearance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "New Iron Fist Season 2 trailer renews our hope for the Netflix series," 17 Aug. 2018 Instead of disciplining all employees involved, ZTE had paid some of them full bonuses and then lied about it, Commerce said. Matthew Daly,, "Senate backs bill blocking deal with Chinese telecom firm ZTE," 19 June 2018 And in there remote southeast is rustic Chilo Gorge Safari Lodge, where the bonus is meeting proprietor Clive Stockil, one of Africa’s greatest living conservationists. Klara Glowczewska, Town & Country, "The Best Places to Travel in 2019," 7 Dec. 2018 Faidley’s Seafood comes with the bonus of being in the amazing Lexington Market, founded in 1782 and one of the longest-running markets in the world. New York Times, "Place 19 of 52: A Celebration of African-American Culture in Baltimore," 29 June 2018 The trips will obviously appeal to global travelers who opt out of traditional food tours but also offer meat eaters and vegetarians a way to try out veganism, with the bonus of exotic settings. Diane Daniel,, "Intrepid Travel launches vegan tours," 26 June 2018 The Pocket Rocket is extremely easy to use and has the bonus of being lightweight. Joe Jackson, Outside Online, "Put Together Your Next Backpacking Setup for $300," 1 June 2018

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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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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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