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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Examples of bounty in a Sentence

summer's bounty of plump tomatoes The cottage is filled with a bounty of fresh flowers.
Recent Examples on the Web Back in the 1800s, Brook Farm residents paid its founders, a Unitarian minister named George Ripley and his wife, Sophia, $500 for a share in the property and its bounty. Globe Staff,, "Chasing a painter’s long-lost rainbow at Brook Farm," 28 Jan. 2021 To further share the bounty, Jones hatched a plan: Anyone who cares to may come into shop and write a fan letter to Parton for free, in exchange for a piece of the memorabilia. Doug Maccash | Staff Writer,, "A trove of Dolly Parton swag arrives at Dolly-themed float house in New Orleans," 30 Jan. 2021 What other bounty might be found in the CyberBunker data, now that investigators have its entirety? Ed Caesar, The New Yorker, "The Takedown of a Dark-Web Marketplace," 23 Jan. 2021 The early explorers could hardly believe the bounty. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "Eat Like a King," 1 Jan. 2021 The Washington Examiner was unable to ascertain specifically when the bounty offers had allegedly been made, but no U.S. troops have been killed in the country since February. Jerry Dunleavy, Washington Examiner, "Trump briefed on unverified intelligence about China offering bounties in Afghanistan," 30 Dec. 2020 Seafood bounty meets the Northwest’s growing artisanal pickle trend and a fresh herb salad in these burgers. Magdalena O'neal, Sunset Magazine, "These Burger Recipes Are Creative, Original, and Occasionally Downright Weird," 29 Dec. 2020 In contrast, the bounty the hackers stole from FireEye included penetration testing tools, which were used to test the defenses of high-end FireEye clients. Paulo Shakarian, The Conversation, "The Sunburst hack was massive and devastating – 5 observations from a cybersecurity expert," 29 Dec. 2020 The Chronicle’s Heather Knight toured the streetside bounty. Chronicle Staff,, "Coronavirus news from the Bay Area: Dec. 10-16," 26 Dec. 2020

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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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21 Feb 2021

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“Bounty.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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