bounteous

adjective

boun·​te·​ous ˈbau̇n-tē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio)
1
: giving or disposed to give freely
2
: liberally bestowed
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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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of bounteous was in the 14th century

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“Bounteous.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bounteous. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

bounteous

adjective
boun·​te·​ous ˈbau̇nt-ē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio)
1
: giving freely or generously
a bounteous host
2
: given in plenty
bounteous gifts
bounteously adverb
bounteousness noun

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