boun·​te·​ous | \ ˈbau̇n-tē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio) \

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
Recent Examples on the Web By moving vast quantities of water and suppressing wildfires for decades, the state has transformed its arid and mountainous landscape into the richest, most populous and bounteous place in the nation. Christopher Flavelle, New York Times, "How California Became Ground Zero for Climate Disasters," 20 Sep. 2020 Once-bounteous display ads from local merchants — the kind from pizza joints and car dealers — began drifting away to the Google-Facebook duopoly a decade or so ago. Washington Post, "The end comes for another local newspaper, 165 years after it began," 30 Jan. 2020 Hunter’s overflowing and constantly shifting expressiveness lends itself perfectly to the bounteous Timon of the opening scenes. Geoffrey O’brien, The New York Review of Books, "A Timon for Our Time," 29 Jan. 2020 The accommodations are ski-in, ski-out in winter, when the annual snowfall is more bounteous, the website boasts, than at any other resort in the Lower 48. 400 E. Snow King Ave., Jackson, Wyo. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, "Play where you stay: Great hotels for active vacations," 28 Nov. 2019 On one hand, all that bounty, all that clean bright produce, the bounteous shelves. James Lileks, National Review, "This Soup for You," 7 Nov. 2019 As Cisco closes by dinner, venture to town for bounteous choices: Nantucket Prime, prized for hearty steaks, has a pleasant people-watching patio with casual ambiance…and plenty of veggies and lighter fare dishes. Danica Farley, Orange County Register, "A whale of a time in Nantucket," 17 July 2019 Next year, though, tariffs on crops like soybeans combined with unexpectedly bounteous harvests will ripple through the prices of most foods—including meat—that these firms buy. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Restaurants Will Feast on Trump’s Tariffs, Just Not Yet," 31 Aug. 2018 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

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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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“Bounteous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bounteous

formal : giving or providing many desired things


boun·​te·​ous | \ ˈbau̇n-tē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio) \

Kids Definition of bounteous

1 : generous sense 1 a bounteous host
2 : given in plenty : abundant a bounteous harvest

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