boun·ty | \ˈbau̇n-tē \
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.

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Veronica and Hermione hit the Pembrooke like a hurricane, fighting about where the bounty money will come from. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, ""Riverdale" Recap Season 2 Episode 21: Some People Just Want to Watch Riverdale Burn," 10 May 2018 Will Low Ki collect the $60,000 bounty on reigning MLW World Champion Shane Swerve Strickland? Jim Varsallone, miamiherald, "Col. Rob Parker, Dirty Blondes and Simon Gotch Talk Major League Wrestling and more," 11 July 2018 Once the bounty has come to fruition, it will be shared with clients at the Circle of Services location. Staff Report, Post-Tribune, "North Township gardens come to life," 2 July 2018 Nights will see a dinner menu full of items like tartar and duck confit, and Butcher Block items picked especially from that day’s bounty. Betsy Blumenthal, Condé Nast Traveler, "What to Do in Toronto in July 2018," 28 June 2018 Relatively recent history saw a bounty on eagles in Alaska. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, "Some words on birds and their impact on Alaska and the rest of the world," 24 June 2018 These small artworks will take root when tossed onto a yard or flower bed — yet another way to bring Swale’s bounty home. Laurel Graeber, New York Times, "7 Things to Do With Your Kids in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 21 June 2018 For Urchek, mushroom hunting connects him to his ancestors, who knew the bounties of the forest in West Virginia and, earlier, Central Europe. Adrian Higgins, sacbee, "Spend time with mushroom experts – they’ll grow on you," 8 June 2018 Today, the natural bounty in and around the draw is producing a rather more modern stampede. Jeffrey Ball, Fortune, "Photographing The Permian Basin," 25 May 2018

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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

: 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 \
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 \
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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