bo·​nus | \ ˈbō-nəs How to pronounce bonus (audio) \

Definition of bonus

: something in addition to what is expected or strictly due: such as
a : money or an equivalent given in addition to an employee's usual compensation
b : a premium (as of stock) given by a corporation to a purchaser of its securities, to a promoter, or to an employee
c : a government payment to war veterans
d : a sum in excess of salary given to an athlete for signing with a team

Examples of bonus in a Sentence

As a bonus for good behavior you can stay up late. The product has the added bonus of providing extra vitamins. Staff members were given a bonus for finishing the project on schedule. The company offered bonuses to entice new workers. We receive annual bonuses at the end of the year.
Recent Examples on the Web As a bonus, their young players are getting playoff experience for future reference and valuable guidance from two-time Cup winner Dustin Brown, who will retire after the season. Los Angeles Times, 10 May 2022 As a bonus, many board members get paid for serving. Rebecca Bosl, Forbes, 6 May 2022 As a bonus, the set is reversible with lighter and darker shades for two looks in one. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 4 May 2022 Janet Ekholm’s frame-worthy monarch butterfly and milkweed artwork on the label as a bonus. Michael Alberty | For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 4 May 2022 These budget-friendly gifts for moms are all $25 or less, and as a bonus, most can be shipped fast for those in need of a last-minute Mother’s Day gift. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 28 Apr. 2022 As a bonus, it's been dermatologist tested and deemed safe for those with sensitive skin. Tiffany Dodson, Harper's BAZAAR, 28 Apr. 2022 As a bonus, Uber will also offer travelers $1 off each trip on Uber Green, Lime E-bikes, and Lime E-scooters through April 30. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 21 Apr. 2022 As a bonus, high-protein foods are also highly satiating, says Yawitz, especially when pitted against high-carb foods (bread, pasta, rice, etc.). Perri O. Blumberg, Men's Health, 21 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of bonus

1759, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bonus

Latin, literally, good — more at bounty

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Last Updated

17 May 2022

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“Bonus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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bo·​nus | \ ˈbō-nəs How to pronounce bonus (audio) \

Kids Definition of bonus

: something given to someone (as a worker) in addition to what is usual or owed

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