bounty

noun boun·ty \ ˈbau̇n-tē \
Updated on: 30 Nov 2017

Definition of bounty

plural bounties
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

Examples of bounty in a Sentence

  1. summer's bounty of plump tomatoes

  2. The cottage is filled with a bounty of fresh flowers.

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Origin and Etymology of 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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BOUNTY Defined for English Language Learners

bounty

noun

Definition of bounty for English Language Learners

  • : 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


BOUNTY Defined for Kids

bounty

noun boun·ty \ ˈbau̇n-tē \

Definition of bounty for Students

plural bounties
1 : generosity 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.

Law Dictionary

bounty

noun boun·ty \ ˈbau̇n-tē \

legal Definition of bounty

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


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