Definition of bonus in English:

bonus

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊnəs
 
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noun

  • 1A sum of money added to a person’s wages as a reward for good performance: big Christmas bonuses
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    • The federal government would also reward states with performance bonuses based in part on lower poverty rates.
    • Workers were paid a form of piece rate, which was a minimum wage plus a bonus for output over a certain level.
    • My weekly wage was about £150 and there were performance bonuses.
    Synonyms
    extra payment, gratuity, tip, handout, gift, present, honorarium, reward, prize, commission, dividend, premium, percentage; incentive, inducement
    informal perk, sweetener, cut
    formal perquisite
    historical bounty
    rare lagniappe
  • 1.1British An extra dividend or issue paid to the shareholders of a company.
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    • After year 13, reinvested dividends and bonuses would pay for future premium.
    • What the Trustee is after is the shareholder's dividends, bonuses, other payments that result, as a result that come from the share ownership.
    • I believe perks can be a wonderful bonus for shareholders.
  • 1.2British A distribution of profits to holders of an insurance policy.
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    • To get round the problem, they will probably pay the vast majority of with-profits policy holders their compensation through bonuses to their policies.
    • However, as these are with-profits policies, bonuses accrued to date will be small.
    • But the company says a standard policy holder with a full bonus making a claim will effectively pay out more than three times their annual premium.
  • 1.3An extra and unexpected advantage: good weather is an added bonus but the real appeal is the landscape
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    • Geraldine, who organised the logistics of the trip, said it was what she expected, but the unexpected generosity of people along the way was an added bonus.
    • As an added bonus the DVD actually has enough extra content that it can be considered a special edition.
    • As an added bonus, the southern hemisphere is midway into its summer season, offering warm, comfortable temperatures for vacations this time of year.
    Synonyms
    benefit, advantage, boon, blessing, godsend, stroke of luck, asset, attraction, added attraction, fringe benefit, additional benefit, extra, added extra; beauty
    informal plus, pro, perk
    formal perquisite

Origin

late 18th century (probably originally Stock Exchange slang): from Latin bonus (masculine) 'good', used in place of bonum (neuter) 'good, good thing'.

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