Definition of bonanza in English:



  • 1A situation which creates a sudden increase in wealth, good fortune, or profits.

    ‘a natural gas bonanza for Britain’
    [as modifier] ‘a bonanza year for the computer industry’
    • ‘There is going to be a bonanza night of fun and entertainment taking place in the Ramblers Rest on Easter Sunday.’
    • ‘However, there is no great bonanza of wealth awaiting Ireland in the Atlantic waters.’
    • ‘Day after day of bitter cold and cold winds blowing making life miserable for us all - all but the heating oil companies who are having a bonanza year.’
    • ‘Spate of mergers and acquisitions brings a bonanza for investment banks’
    • ‘All three shows are large and will travel, making this a bonanza opportunity to explore new aspects of both artists and to see some rarely lent pictures.’
    • ‘The season of festive goodwill to all men produces a bonanza for family lawyers.’
    • ‘For many of the country's champions, gold medals are tickets to financial bonanzas.’
    • ‘Scotland's water is now regarded as a new profit bonanza for the collapsing privatised English water companies.’
    • ‘Such a massive increase to those lawyers who have already enjoyed a bonanza from the Tribunal is a contemptuous slap in the face to the ordinary worker.’
    • ‘The TV executives predict a bonanza rating since both boxers are proven crowd pleasers.’
    • ‘Thus, the beneficiaries of this scheme will get a double bonanza, a savings on their tuition fees and an international exposure.’
    • ‘As one would expect, most state and local governments responded to this apparent bonanza by increasing spending.’
    • ‘An American firm predicts a bonanza as graphics processors make the £100 computer a reality’
    • ‘Many politicians, bureaucrats and their families have benefited from this bonanza created on the backs of cheap immigrant labour.’
    • ‘This sure seems a bonanza opportunity for both designers and customers with a discerning eye.’
    • ‘Should they hit the bonanza with a film, the rewards can vary from £50,000 to £250,000.’
    • ‘It would also create enormous problems of definition and entitlement and a bonanza for lawyers.’
    • ‘This tribal inferiority complex is what helped make the Rocky movies a box-office bonanza.’
    • ‘We joined the Common Market, which was going to give us all a bonanza of prosperity.’
    • ‘Experts have predicted that internet retailers will benefit more than ever before from the festive bonanza.’
    • ‘I think it's important to emphasise that the government contracted a price which really was a bonanza price for the operators.’
    • ‘Sixty years later he was amazed that more timber was being cut than during the bonanza era of lumbering.’
    • ‘Scottish universities are preparing for a cash bonanza as the number of overseas students is predicted to double in the next 15 years.’
    • ‘This could be a bonanza for communities, politicians and lobbyists.’
    • ‘Fiji's mahogany may not prove to be the bonanza everyone once dreamed of but there's still potentially plenty to gain.’
    windfall, godsend
    run of luck, stroke of luck, boon, bonus, blessing, benefit, advantage
    pennies from heaven, manna from heaven
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    1. 1.1A large amount of something desirable.
      ‘the festive feature-film bonanza’
      • ‘A steady stream of people from all over the City are flocking shopping malls to avail themselves of the special festival bonanzas.’
      • ‘People are being urged to ditch low-paid unskilled work to take advantage of a jobs bonanza in the construction industry in Bradford.’
      • ‘Members are treated to a cultural bonanza during festivals bringing to the fore the rich tradition of Kerala.’
      • ‘The second half saw them totally dominate play and further goals from Elliot Scott and Liam Walsh completed the goal bonanza.’
      • ‘He told the News natural gas projects would continue the jobs bonanza of the Darwin railway.’
      • ‘Kairali is airing a continuous 36-hour-long festival bonanza from Wednesday to Friday.’
      • ‘A large number of people visiting the exhibition grounds thronged the Kalavedika where they were feasted to a cultural bonanza.’
      • ‘Charities in Hyndburn are set to benefit from a cash bonanza.’
      • ‘Could we turn our present oversupply in South Australia and Victoria into a cash bonanza?’
      • ‘None of the predictions about a ticketing bonanza had come true.’
      award, reward, premium
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Early 19th century (originally US, especially with reference to success when mining): from Spanish, literally fair weather, prosperity, from Latin bonus good.