- a rich mass of ore, as found in mining.
- a source of great and sudden wealth or luck; a spectacular windfall: The play proved to be a bonanza for its lucky backers.
Origin of bonanza
Examples from the Web for bonanza
The protests are also a bonanza for the European Union, which has been suffering from a spate of bad PR recently.Ukraine’s Eurolution Is a PR Godsend for the Struggling E.U.
December 11, 2013
The Quran burning has been a bonanza for the Taliban, which predictably encouraged the retribution we have seen.
While Obama responded appropriately, the Quran burning has been a bonanza for the Taliban.
“These guys have been reaping a bonanza,” Chris Hellman of the National Priorities Project told me.‘Pentagon’s Worst Nightmare’
August 3, 2011
The result will likely be a bonanza of lawsuits, divestment campaigns and cancelled business deals.Netanyahu's Bizarre Response to Obama's Palestinian Proposal
May 23, 2011
That ain't any bonanza country any more; 1901 ain't like 1870; don't figure on that.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
When they reached Bonanza the sun was low, and when they were off San Lucar it had begun to sink.Fair Margaret
H. Rider Haggard
Then, at last, as if in despair, I mentioned this bit on Bonanza.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Staked twenty-two on Bonanza and sold out yesterday to the Syndicate.Colorado Jim
Why, man, the old mine must have been a bonanza, if it all panned out stuff like this!The Copper Princess
- a source, usually sudden and unexpected, of luck or wealth
- US and Canadian a mine or vein rich in ore
Word Origin and History for bonanza
1844, American English, from Spanish bonanza "a rich lode," originally "fair weather at sea, prosperity," from Vulgar Latin *bonacia, from Latin bonus "good" (see bene-).