boun·​te·​ous | \ˈbau̇n-tē-əs \

Definition of bounteous 

1 : giving or disposed to give freely

2 : liberally bestowed

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Other Words from bounteous

bounteously adverb
bounteousness noun

Examples of bounteous in a Sentence

Together we give thanks for this bounteous harvest. offered a bounteous reward for finding the lost ring

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Instead, she is sentenced to suffer amid bounteous luxury. Laura Collins-hughes,, "It’s a man’s world — even in the myths," 20 Apr. 2018 The economy has boomed since Mr. Orban came to power in 2010, averaging 3% growth since 2013, thanks in part to bounteous EU aid. Drew Hinshaw, WSJ, "Hungary Election to Test Political Sway of Immigration Issue," 2 Apr. 2018 The result has been a series of feasts that have kept overstuffed diners staggering from one bounteous table to the next. Contributing Writer,, "The reveillon revival: A New Orleans tradition reborn," 19 Dec. 2017 The chorus will sing a bounteous selection of HMC’s greatest hits under what is billed as the world’s largest stained glass window. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "Mount Everest on a stage? Lyric Opera tackles a monumental production," 3 Nov. 2017 My mornings on the sellout circuit included a bounteous breakfast complete with hot food, juice selection, and cloth napkins Kent Sepkowitz, Slate Magazine, "Confessions of a Washington Swamp Creature," 17 Feb. 2017 Rather than having servants deliver one course at a time, the long dining tables were set with piles of food in elaborate chaffing dishes, tureens and trays so that guests were encouraged to graze their way through the bounteous offerings. Gaile Robinson, star-telegram, "Kimbell’s ‘Casanova’ follows the seducer’s trail through Europe – adult-only art and all," 30 Aug. 2017 But for those who endure through adversity, the rewards of a travel-centric relationship are bounteous—and research backs this up. Tyler Moss, Condé Nast Traveler, "How Travel Leads to Stronger Romantic Relationships," 19 June 2017 Many met with shipwreck and starvation, even as a native culture thrived along the coastal estuaries, feasting on that bounteous supply of seafood. Philip Connors, New York Times, "The Gulf of Mexico in the Age of Petrochemicals," 26 May 2017

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First Known Use of bounteous

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bounteous

Middle English bountevous, bounteuous, from Anglo-French bontive kind, from bunté

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English Language Learners Definition of bounteous

: giving or providing many desired things


boun·​te·​ous | \ˈbau̇n-tē-əs \

Kids Definition of bounteous

1 : generous sense 1 a bounteous host

2 : given in plenty : abundant a bounteous harvest

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