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

The pitch: Sign up and spend X amount of money in the first three months for X bonus points. Laura Daily, Washington Post, "Eight rewards card pitches that travelers should ignore," 29 Aug. 2019 By re-engineering the cabin and rerouting cables related to lighting and air vents so that the controls could be moved from the ceiling above each seat, the PriestmanGoode team carved out enough bonus space to double the overhead capacity. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Airlines Are Finally Adding Perks Back to Economy Class," 28 Aug. 2019 In 2018, the Army missed its goal of recruiting 76,500 new soldiers by about 6,500, despite adding an extra $200 million into bonuses. Jeannette Hinkle, azcentral, "U.S. Army pushes to boost recruiting in Phoenix amid its enlistment crisis," 26 Aug. 2019 Bloomberg reported recently that PhonePe, a payments startup inside Flipkart, plans to raise capital at a valuation of as much as $10 billion—an unexpected bonus for Walmart. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Tech Business Interests and Politics Could Clash in India—Data Sheet," 26 Aug. 2019 Unlike many other rewards cards, the Apple Card does not offer a sign-up bonus. NBC News, "Does the new Apple Card live up to all the hype?," 26 Aug. 2019 Luck will count as $12.4 million in dead cap money this year, and $6.4 million next season for his pro-rated signing bonus. Nat Newell, Indianapolis Star, "How much money Andrew Luck gave up by retiring," 25 Aug. 2019 Using Cogito is not compulsory at Humana, but the company is considering integrating Cogito's assessment into its bonus mechanism to promote the software's usage, said Morse. Frances Yue, USA TODAY, "AI at work: Machines are training human workers to be more compassionate," 23 Aug. 2019 This practice made some customers feel they had been duped into footing the bill for delivery workers instead of merely providing an above-and-beyond bonus. Sara Ashley O'brien, CNN, "DoorDash details new tipping policy after backlash," 22 Aug. 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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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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