boun·​te·​ous ˈbau̇n-tē-əs How to pronounce bounteous (audio)
: giving or disposed to give freely
: liberally bestowed
bounteously adverb
bounteousness noun

Example Sentences

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


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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Apr. 2023.

Kids Definition


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

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