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

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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 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

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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

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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