[ boun-tee ]
/ ˈbaʊn ti /

noun, plural boun·ties.

a premium or reward, especially one offered by a government: There was a bounty on his head. Some states offer a bounty for dead coyotes.
a generous gift.
generosity in giving.

Origin of bounty

1200–50; Middle English b(o)unte < Anglo-French, Old French bonte, Old French bontet < Latin bonitāt- (stem of bonitās) goodness. See boon2, -ity


boun·ty·less, adjective

synonym study for bounty

1. See bonus. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bounty (1 of 2)

/ (ˈbaʊntɪ) /

noun plural -ties

generosity in giving to others; liberality
a generous gift; something freely provided
a payment made by a government, as, formerly, to a sailor on enlisting or to a soldier after a campaign
any reward or premiuma bounty of 20p for every rat killed

Word Origin for bounty

C13 (in the sense: goodness): from Old French bontet, from Latin bonitās goodness, from bonus good

British Dictionary definitions for bounty (2 of 2)

/ (ˈbaʊntɪ) /


a British naval ship commanded by Captain William Bligh, which was on a scientific voyage in 1789 between Tahiti and the West Indies when her crew mutinied
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