- something given or paid over and above what is due.
- a sum of money granted or given to an employee, a returned soldier, etc., in addition to regular pay, usually in appreciation for work done, length of service, accumulated favors, etc.
- something free, as an extra dividend, given by a corporation to a purchaser of its securities.
- a premium paid for a loan, contract, etc.
- something extra or additional given freely: Every purchaser of a pound of coffee received a box of cookies as a bonus.
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Examples from the Web for bonus
And as a bonus, they send home more than $20 billion in remittances each year.Why Mexicans Are Enraged by Obama’s Big Tuesday Meeting
Ruben Navarrette Jr.
January 6, 2015
When they steal things, they want to get all the bonus points.The Insane $11 Billion Scam at Retailers’ Return Desks
December 19, 2014
Prosecutors say the two then promised that employee a $10,000 bonus, which was promptly paid.Obama’s Golf Buddy May Be a ‘Hostile Witness’ in Chicago Corruption Case
December 3, 2014
And bonus points for the school bus that burst into flames with the comic timing of a Simpsons gag.The Walking Dead’s ‘Self Help’: A Grim Show Displays Its Comedy Streak, and A Major Reveal
November 10, 2014
Salem the prep school kid felt so slighted by a paltry $3 million bonus in 2011 that he left the firm.Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat
June 26, 2014
No, what I want to get at is your idea of what should come to you, as a bonus, when I scoop the board.The Market-Place
Bonus Bill, advocated by Calhoun, 257;vetoed by Madison, 257.Union and Democracy
To win on first card played a bonus of half the limit hand is given.Pung Chow
Lew Lysle Harr
A prince, even, would have been satisfied with such a bonus.Louise de la Valliere
Alexandre Dumas, Pere
The agitation for a bonus therefore continues in the United States.The Economic Aspect of Geology
C. K. Leith
- something given, paid, or received above what is due or expecteda Christmas bonus for all employees
- mainly British an extra dividend allotted to shareholders out of profits
- insurance, British a dividend, esp a percentage of net profits, distributed to policyholders either annually or when the policy matures
- British a slang word for a bribe
Word Origin and History for bonus
1773, "Stock Exchange Latin" [Weekley], from Latin bonus "good" (adj.); see bene-. The correct noun form would be bonum. In U.S. history the bonus army was tens of thousands of World War I veterans and followers who marched on Washington, D.C., in 1932 demanding early redemption of their service bonus certificates (which carried a maximum value of $625).