• Bonus


    • UK IPA: /ˈbəʊ.nəs/
    • Rhymes: -əʊnəs
    • US IPA: /ˈboʊ.nəs/
    • Rhymes: -oʊnəs


    From Latin bonus ("good").

    Full definition of bonus



    (plural bonuses)
    1. Something extra that is good.
    2. An extra sum given as a premium, e.g. to an employee.
      • 2013-06-22, Engineers of a different kind, Private-equity nabobs bristle at being dubbed mere financiers....Much of their pleading is public-relations bluster. Clever financial ploys are what have made billionaires of the industry’s veterans. “Operational improvement” in a portfolio company has often meant little more than promising colossal bonuses to sitting chief executives if they meet ambitious growth targets. That model is still prevalent today.
    3. The employee of the week receives a bonus for his excellent work.
    4. (uncountable, basketball) One or more free throws awarded to a team when the opposing team has accumulated enough fouls.

    Derived terms


    1. (transitive) To pay a bonus, premium


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