noun, plural boun·ties.
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OTHER WORDS FROM bountyboun·ty·less, adjective
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What does bounty mean?
A bounty is a reward, especially one offered in an official way for the capture of someone or something.
This sense of the word most often refers to the reward sought by bounty hunters for tracking down and capturing fugitive criminals (or, in older times, killing them). A more recent use of the word refers to the reward offered for identifying a software vulnerability in a company’s or organization’s system.
In a broader sense, the word bounty means a generous gift or generosity in general. This sense of the word is most often used in a poetic way, such as referring to crops as the bounty of the land. The H.M.S. Bounty, the ship aboard which the notorious mutiny occurred, was probably named after this sense of the word.
Example: The bounty offered for the capture of Billy the Kid was $500—dead or alive.
Where does bounty come from?
The first records of the word bounty come from the 1200s. It comes from the Latin bonitās, meaning “goodness,” from the Latin bonus, meaning “good.” (The English word bonus comes from the same Latin word.) Bounty was first used in English to mean “goodness.” Eventually, it came to mean “generosity,” and then “gift,” and then “reward.”
When it means “gift,” bounty often refers to natural gifts from the earth. Nature’s bounty refers to things like fruits and vegetables. The bounty of the sea is fish.
Bounty was once used to refer to a payment made by the government to sailors or soldiers after a war. But today it’s most commonly used to refer to the reward sought by bounty hunters. If someone says there’s a bounty on your head, it means there’s a reward for your capture. In popular culture, bounty hunters are most often seen in tales of the American Wild West. They’re often depicted as gunslingers out to get the bounties for criminals who are “wanted dead or alive.” Several bounty hunters also appear in the Star Wars series, including Boba Fett and the character known as the Mandalorian.
In real life, bounties are sometimes offered for the killing or capture of animals, such as invasive snakes.
They’re also sometimes paid to white hat hackers who discover bugs or security gaps in software and websites and let the owners know about them. Google, for example, has a long-running bounty program that pays people for discovering such flaws in its systems.
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- bountiful (adjective)
- bountyless (adjective)
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Bounty most often refers to the reward sought by bounty hunters.
also i enjoy that this series suggests that the star wars universe is like John Wick where every other person is a bounty hunter
— b-boy bouiebaisse (@jbouie) November 25, 2019
— Mohamed A. Basset (@SymbianSyMoh) May 15, 2014
We envision a society that protects the earth, and will be able to enjoy the beauty and bounty of nature that past generations have enjoyed.
— Chicago Rising (@ChicagoRising) February 1, 2014
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The sultan welcomed the travelers with a bounty of delicious fruits.
Example sentences from the Web for bounty
Rural churches were deserted, and the connection between the land and the bounty of harvests was gone.
A bounty hunter told AFP that the suspected Texan could very well be Everett Livvix of Robinson, Illinois.The Strange Case of the Christian Zionist Terrorist|Creede Newton|December 14, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The state of Idaho paid a bounty hunter to kill wolves in the Salmon River country.
ISIS also had made use of its bounty of captured American equipment.
Brienne demands the deformed, less savage Clegane brother fork her over, but he refuses, hell-bent on receiving his bounty.
For three years this bounty of heaven had been withheld from the inhabitants of these deserts.Perils and Captivity|Charlotte-Adlade [ne Picard] Dard
Sloth and superstition equally counterwork providence, and render the bounty of heaven of no effect.The History of Emily Montague|Frances Brooke
No one who came to beg alms of her ever went away empty-handed, and the palace was always full of suppliants for her bounty.Stories from Northern Myths|Emilie Kip Baker
Hares by night, and squirrels by day, and wood mice at all seasons played round my tent, or came shyly to taste my bounty.Secret of the Woods|William J. Long
Raften now pulled out his purse and as magistrate paid over with evident joy the $5 bounty due for killing the Lynx.Two Little Savages|Ernest Thompson Seton