Definition of bonanza in English:


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Pronunciation: /bəˈnanzə


  • 1A situation which creates a sudden increase in wealth, good fortune, or profits: a natural gas bonanza for Britain [as modifier]: a bonanza year for the computer industry
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    • Many politicians, bureaucrats and their families have benefited from this bonanza created on the backs of cheap immigrant labour.
    • This sure seems a bonanza opportunity for both designers and customers with a discerning eye.
    • Scotland's water is now regarded as a new profit bonanza for the collapsing privatised English water companies.
    windfall, godsend; stroke/run of luck, boon, bonus, blessing, benefit, advantage; pennies from heaven, manna from heaven
    informal jackpot
    literary benison
  • 1.1A large amount of something desirable: the festive feature-film bonanza
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    • A steady stream of people from all over the City are flocking shopping malls to avail themselves of the special festival bonanzas.
    • Members are treated to a cultural bonanza during festivals bringing to the fore the rich tradition of Kerala.
    • Could we turn our present oversupply in South Australia and Victoria into a cash bonanza?


early 19th century (originally US, especially with reference to success when mining): from Spanish, literally 'fair weather, prosperity', from Latin bonus 'good'.

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