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’
    • ‘Many politicians, bureaucrats and their families have benefited from this bonanza created on the backs of cheap immigrant labour.’
    • ‘Scotland's water is now regarded as a new profit bonanza for the collapsing privatised English water companies.’
    • ‘The season of festive goodwill to all men produces a bonanza for family lawyers.’
    • ‘This could be a bonanza for communities, politicians and lobbyists.’
    • ‘For many of the country's champions, gold medals are tickets to financial bonanzas.’
    • ‘Experts have predicted that internet retailers will benefit more than ever before from the festive bonanza.’
    • ‘It would also create enormous problems of definition and entitlement and a bonanza for lawyers.’
    • ‘Fiji's mahogany may not prove to be the bonanza everyone once dreamed of but there's still potentially plenty to gain.’
    • ‘Scottish universities are preparing for a cash bonanza as the number of overseas students is predicted to double in the next 15 years.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Thus, the beneficiaries of this scheme will get a double bonanza, a savings on their tuition fees and an international exposure.’
    • ‘We joined the Common Market, which was going to give us all a bonanza of prosperity.’
    • ‘As one would expect, most state and local governments responded to this apparent bonanza by increasing spending.’
    • ‘Should they hit the bonanza with a film, the rewards can vary from £50,000 to £250,000.’
    • ‘The TV executives predict a bonanza rating since both boxers are proven crowd pleasers.’
    • ‘There is going to be a bonanza night of fun and entertainment taking place in the Ramblers Rest on Easter Sunday.’
    • ‘Sixty years later he was amazed that more timber was being cut than during the bonanza era of lumbering.’
    • ‘This sure seems a bonanza opportunity for both designers and customers with a discerning eye.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An American firm predicts a bonanza as graphics processors make the £100 computer a reality’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘However, there is no great bonanza of wealth awaiting Ireland in the Atlantic waters.’
    • ‘I think it's important to emphasise that the government contracted a price which really was a bonanza price for the operators.’
    • ‘This tribal inferiority complex is what helped make the Rocky movies a box-office bonanza.’
    • ‘Spate of mergers and acquisitions brings a bonanza for investment banks’
    windfall, godsend
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    1. 1.1 A large amount of something desirable.
      ‘the festive feature-film bonanza’
      • ‘People are being urged to ditch low-paid unskilled work to take advantage of a jobs bonanza in the construction industry in Bradford.’
      • ‘The second half saw them totally dominate play and further goals from Elliot Scott and Liam Walsh completed the goal bonanza.’
      • ‘Kairali is airing a continuous 36-hour-long festival bonanza from Wednesday to Friday.’
      • ‘A steady stream of people from all over the City are flocking shopping malls to avail themselves of the special festival bonanzas.’
      • ‘Charities in Hyndburn are set to benefit from a cash bonanza.’
      • ‘Members are treated to a cultural bonanza during festivals bringing to the fore the rich tradition of Kerala.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘A large number of people visiting the exhibition grounds thronged the Kalavedika where they were feasted to a cultural bonanza.’
      • ‘He told the News natural gas projects would continue the jobs bonanza of the Darwin railway.’
      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’.