boun·​ty | \ ˈbau̇n-tē How to pronounce bounty (audio) \
plural bounties

Definition of bounty

1 : something that is given generously nature's bounty
2 : liberality in giving : generosity
3 : yield especially of a crop this summer's bounty of tomatoes
4 : a reward, premium, or subsidy especially when offered or given by a government: such as
a : an extra allowance to induce entry into the armed services
b : a grant to encourage an industry
c : a payment to encourage the destruction of noxious animals a bounty on coyotes
d : a payment for the capture of or assistance in the capture of an outlaw had a bounty of $500 on his head

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Synonyms for bounty


price, reward

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Examples of bounty in a Sentence

summer's bounty of plump tomatoes The cottage is filled with a bounty of fresh flowers.

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This summer yielded a bounty of FKTs in what was without a doubt the BKT — busiest known time — in the history of the Chugach Front Linkup. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Hikers turn the summer of 2019 into a fast one, and a busy one, in the Chugach front range," 8 Sep. 2019 With the amount of players from last year’s Granby and Canton squads who rushed for several hundred yards or caught a handful of touchdowns, Rome, the third-year QB, has a bounty of weapons. Shawn Mcfarland,, "High school football: With returning stars and a deep roster, Granby thinks it can contend for a title in Class M," 23 Aug. 2019 Also gathered through her travels was a great bounty of inspiration. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Inside a Chanel Fashion Executive’s High-Glam Sutton Place Home," 26 July 2019 Oklahoma City is now armed with a historic bounty of picks from the Clippers along with promising point guard Shai-Gilgeous Alexander. Michael Shapiro,, "Who Could Trade for Russell Westbrook if the Thunder Rebuild?," 6 July 2019 Plus, the winner will take home a sweet bounty of $25,000. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Hallmark is Casting Amateur Bakers for New Christmas Cookie Countdown Series," 1 July 2019 The carving is accompanied by music, a beer garden and a bounty of food trucks. Ray Mark Rinaldi, The Know, "The six best Colorado art festivals you’re not going to," 28 June 2019 John now is the target of the guild with a $14 million bounty attracting world-wide assassins. Guy Hanford, Ramona Sentinel, "Flickers: ‘Child’s Play’ and ‘Toy Story 4’ open Friday," 20 June 2019 Artists will also be bringing downtown sidewalks to life with chalk drawings, and vendors will provide a bounty of food options. Greg Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "The weekend: Bill Maher, front-porch music in Ferndale, Arts and Acts in Northville," 19 June 2019

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First Known Use of bounty

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bounty

Middle English bounte goodness, from Anglo-French bunté, bountee, from Latin bonitat-, bonitas, from bonus good, from Old Latin duenos; akin to Sanskrit duva reverence, favor

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English Language Learners Definition of bounty

literary : good things that are given or provided freely and in large amounts
: an amount of money given to someone as a reward for catching a criminal


boun·​ty | \ ˈbau̇n-tē How to pronounce bounty (audio) \
plural bounties

Kids Definition of bounty

1 : generosity sense 1 acts of bounty
2 : things given in generous amounts the bounty of nature
3 : money given as a reward The sheriff offered a bounty for the bandit's capture.


boun·​ty | \ ˈbau̇n-tē How to pronounce bounty (audio) \
plural bounties

Legal Definition of bounty

1 : generosity in bestowing gifts especially by will
2 : a reward, premium, or subsidy especially offered by a government

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authorized for issue (as a bond)

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