bo·​nan·​za | \ bə-ˈnan-zə How to pronounce bonanza (audio) \

Definition of bonanza

1 mining : an exceptionally large and rich mineral deposit (as of an ore, precious metal, or petroleum)
2a : something that is very valuable, profitable, or rewarding a box-office bonanza
b : a very large amount a bonanza of sympathy
c : extravaganza channels planning all-day viewing bonanzas— William Borders

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Recent Examples on the Web The lingering Covid-19 pandemic has been a bonanza for vaccine developers, but delays in routine care for most patients have resulted in fewer new prescriptions and a slower pace of clinical-trial enrollment. Charley Grant, WSJ, 25 Aug. 2021 The Navy's downsizing promised to be a bonanza for the dozen or so shipbreakers who have opened yards since 1991. Jacques Kelly,, 9 Aug. 2021 The work-from-home culture spawned by the pandemic has been a bonanza for cyber criminals, because home computers are often less secure than those in the office., 2 June 2021 For the companies reaping the clicks and streams, free content is a bonanza. William Deresiewicz, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 India's startup community is experiencing an unprecedented funding bonanza, my CNN Business colleague Diksha Madhok reports from New Delhi. Charles Riley, CNN, 23 Apr. 2021 Then developers bought out small owners, awaiting an upscale bonanza. New York Times, 30 Mar. 2021 It’s a shopping destination, a lunch spot, a wine bar, a craft beer emporium, a community gathering place and a people-watching bonanza. San Diego Union-Tribune, 13 Aug. 2021 Reuters Towering wind turbines already speckle seas across Europe and Asia and a boom in construction is expected to bring an economic bonanza to the US East Coast. Clarisa Diaz, Quartz, 28 June 2021

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First Known Use of bonanza

1825, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bonanza

Spanish, literally, calm sea, from Medieval Latin bonacia, alteration of Latin malacia, from Greek malakia, literally, softness, from malakos soft

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The first known use of bonanza was in 1825

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16 Sep 2021

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“Bonanza.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bonanza

: something that produces very good results for someone or something
: a large amount of something valuable

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