bounty

[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. bounteous,
  2. bounteously,
  3. bountied,
  4. bountiful,
  5. bountifully,
  6. bounty bag,
  7. bounty hunter,
  8. bouquet,
  9. bouquet garni,
  10. bouquetier

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

Related formsboun·ty·less, adjective

Synonym study

1. See bonus.

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British Dictionary definitions for bounty

bounty

/ (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

Bounty

/ (ˈbaʊntɪ) /

noun

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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Word Origin and History for bounty

bounty

n.

mid-13c., "generosity," from Old French bonte "goodness" (12c., Modern French bonté), from Latin bonitatem (nominative bonitas) "goodness," from bonus "good" (see bene-). Sense of "gift bestowed by a sovereign or the state" led to extended senses of "gratuity to a military recruit" (1702) and "reward for killing or taking a criminal or enemy" (1764).

I do ... promise, that there shall be paid ... the following several and respective premiums and Bounties for the prisoners and Scalps of the Enemy Indians that shall be taken or killed .... ["Papers of the Governor of Pennsylvania," 1764]
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