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[bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven-] /ˈbɒn əˌvɛn tʃər, ˌbɒn əˈvɛn-/
noun, Nautical.
a mast fitted with a lateen sail (bonaventure mizzen) or lugsail, situated behind the mizzenmast at or near the stern, used in the 16th and early 17th centuries.
Origin of bonaventure
First recorded in 1490-1500, bonaventure is from the Italian word buonaventura literally, good luck. See bonus, venture


[bon-uh-ven-cher, bon-uh-ven-] /ˈbɒn əˌvɛn tʃɛr, ˌbɒn əˈvɛn-/
Saint ("the Seraphic Doctor") 1221–74, Italian scholastic theologian.
Also, Bonaventura. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • It was thus finally determined that bonaventure, as being somewhat older, should be the first to occupy the place of honour.

    Saint Bonaventure Rev. Fr. Laurence Costelloe, O.F.M.
  • “Ay, the bonaventure,” remarked the shipwright, meditatively.

  • bonaventure reached and swung a chair into place at his desk.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • Now, the fiddle, bonaventure—the fiddle would just suit you.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • I remember Sister bonaventure, thin and white, and so weak that she could not move.

    Evelyn Innes George Moore
  • bonaventure,” he said, as the lad came by again; and bonaventure stopped.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • “Adjieu,” responded bonaventure, with some alarm; but the spokesman smiled re-assuringly.

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • A little; not much; for just then, as the ex-governor said, “And where is bonaventure by this time?”

    Bonaventure George Washington Cable
  • The Mistress of bonaventure: God bless her, and send every happiness to both of them!

    The Mistress of Bonaventure Harold Bindloss

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