[ boun-tee ]
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noun,plural boun·ties.
  1. 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.

  2. a generous gift.

  1. 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

synonym study For bounty

1. See bonus.

Other words for bounty

Other words from bounty

  • boun·ty·less, adjective

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How to use bounty in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for bounty (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbaʊntɪ) /

nounplural -ties
  1. generosity in giving to others; liberality

  2. a generous gift; something freely provided

  1. a payment made by a government, as, formerly, to a sailor on enlisting or to a soldier after a campaign

  2. any reward or premium: a bounty of 20p for every rat killed

Origin of 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) /

  1. 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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