Definition of bonus in English:

bonus

noun

  • 1An amount of money added to wages on a seasonal basis, especially as a reward for good performance.

    ‘big Christmas bonuses’
    • ‘Irish employers are looking after their senior staff better by giving them generous bonuses and share options.’
    • ‘Cost cuts gave companies more money to pass on to employees in the form of higher wages and bonuses, economists said.’
    • ‘The club was also offering the team a far higher bonus for a win.’
    • ‘Some 230 workers are involved in the dispute and are demanding improvements in basic wages, bonuses and classifications.’
    • ‘And Burt has a group together that are going to dole out bonuses to the entire team.’
    • ‘I don't get a bonus if she exceeds quarterly projections.’
    • ‘Some 90% of firms pay annual performance bonuses to their employees.’
    • ‘The federal government would also reward states with performance bonuses based in part on lower poverty rates.’
    • ‘I believe I mentioned before that my company does yearly bonuses to reward us for our previous year's performance.’
    • ‘We pay the players a small win bonus which is the same as it was last year in Division Two.’
    • ‘As public service executives are being investigated in the Sponsorship Program, $36.5 million in performance bonuses paid to them adds insult to injury.’
    • ‘My weekly wage was about £150 and there were performance bonuses.’
    • ‘The department's figures for 2005 show it has paid about €500,000 in performance bonuses to its most senior civil servants.’
    • ‘The tax figures suggest that companies whose fortunes are tied to the slowing world economy are cutting jobs and curtailing staff bonus payments.’
    • ‘Workers were paid a form of piece rate, which was a minimum wage plus a bonus for output over a certain level.’
    • ‘It is important to recognize that all labor income, even the bonuses and stock options of CEOs, are included in the labor share.’
    • ‘Asking for a $25 million bonus, a payment equal to 40 percent of his total fees, is another matter.’
    • ‘Given a choice between saving jobs and preserving your bonus, the Company expects its leaders to do the right thing.’
    • ‘If you perform well, there is the possibility of bonuses and share options.’
    • ‘You should reward your more productive employees with merit-based pay, such as bonus or share option schemes, rather than increasing wage rates across the board.’
    extra payment, gratuity, tip, handout, gift, present, honorarium, reward, prize, commission, dividend, premium, percentage
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    1. 1.1Basketball An extra free throw awarded to a fouled player when the opposing team has exceeded the number of team fouls allowed during a period.
      • ‘During the game, players can earn ‘virtual credits’ by defeating other players or earning extra bonuses.’
      • ‘Frequently fouled teams get into the bonus more quickly, and it's nearly impossible to get transition baskets against a team that is shooting free throws.’
      • ‘However a player will receive no bonuses at all that turn.’
    2. 1.2British An extra dividend or issue paid to the shareholders of a company.
      • ‘They can decide on how much the terminal bonus or final dividend paid out is.’
      • ‘Of course, the essence of the trick in Curran's Case was, by paying out the bonus share dividend, you reduce the value of the original shares.’
      • ‘They will also receive special share issues and bonuses.’
      • ‘The IRS has specified it can't go to bonuses or stockholder dividends.’
      • ‘There was also discussion about the relative tax efficiency of taking the money out of the company by way of bonuses or dividends.’
      • ‘About 47 per cent of full-year earnings are being paid out as final dividends and bonus shares were issued.’
      • ‘It is not exactly disastrous but with bonus payments collapsing over the last three years in line with falling stock markets, so has demand for these products.’
      • ‘The effect on Largan might be comparatively smaller, however, as its bonuses are traditionally divided into 30 percent shares and the remainder in cash.’
      • ‘What the Trustee is after is the shareholder's dividends, bonuses, other payments that result, as a result that come from the share ownership.’
      • ‘However, the added bonus for shareholders comes in the form of industry consolidation.’
      • ‘After year 13, reinvested dividends and bonuses would pay for future premium.’
      • ‘I believe perks can be a wonderful bonus for shareholders.’
      • ‘With-profits providers will be issuing bonuses of 3 per cent or lower next year.’
    3. 1.3British A distribution of profits to holders of an insurance policy.
      • ‘However, as these are with-profits policies, bonuses accrued to date will be small.’
      • ‘Each year the life company declares a bonus or dividend based on the returns from their investment.’
      • ‘It has cut the final bonuses on its with-profits endowments and pension plans for the second time this year.’
      • ‘And long-term savers will be waiting to see if the insurer slashes bonuses on with-profits policies or keeps them on hold to reflect recovering markets.’
      • ‘They are also entitled to a share of the company's profits which are paid as bonuses on their policies.’
      • ‘As with other insurers, it has a two-tier bonus structure on its endowment policies.’
      • ‘In the past, profits had been distributed by way of bonuses.’
      • ‘It is the latest of the life companies to announce major reductions in the bonuses paid to holders of with-profits savings plans.’
      • ‘There is bad news for millions of homebuyers and savers as with-profits insurance companies make their bonus declarations over the coming weeks.’
      • ‘To get round the problem, they will probably pay the vast majority of with-profits policy holders their compensation through bonuses to their policies.’
      • ‘The company also cut its bonuses last week by an average 5% for policies maturing after October 1.’
      • ‘But the company says a standard policy holder with a full bonus making a claim will effectively pay out more than three times their annual premium.’
    4. 1.4 Something welcome and often unexpected that accompanies and enhances something that is itself good.
      ‘good weather is an added bonus but the real appeal is the landscape’
      • ‘And as an added bonus, many employers will match what you put in - anywhere from 50 to 100 percent.’
      • ‘It would be a welcome bonus for a team that missed the playoffs with an 18-16 record last season.’
      • ‘Being commended for her work was an added bonus.’
      • ‘Several 0% cards charge no interest on both balance transfers and new purchases, which is a double bonus!’
      • ‘If the print supplements also pick up the same stories from the online edition, that is an extra bonus for the party that has placed the paid news.’
      • ‘As an added bonus, the southern hemisphere is midway into its summer season, offering warm, comfortable temperatures for vacations this time of year.’
      • ‘Each bottle has been individually numbered and as an added bonus for cricket lovers, it has been signed by some members of India's 1983 World Cup team.’
      • ‘Having a Swedish manager who managed an Italian team is also a bonus, because he will have better knowledge of more players from across the globe.’
      • ‘It has been an added bonus that the new building could be done without disruption to the pupils' education.’
      • ‘The home town Ducks won, which was an added bonus.’
      • ‘As an added bonus, the CDs aren't that expensive.’
      • ‘Some knowledge of back pain and back related issues would be a bonus.’
      • ‘The new 100% Proficiency scheme has also brought an added bonus - a rapid reduction in the amount of waste materials during training.’
      • ‘As an extra bonus, the new children's tax credit has now doubled to £20 a week for the first year of a child's life.’
      • ‘As an added bonus the DVD actually has enough extra content that it can be considered a special edition.’
      • ‘Geraldine, who organised the logistics of the trip, said it was what she expected, but the unexpected generosity of people along the way was an added bonus.’
      • ‘As an added bonus, the keyboard seems to light up, which I envision will be a boon to struggling typists working in windowless, lightless spaces.’
      • ‘And the new legislation, allowing registrars to conduct weddings ‘out of the office’ and in more romantic settings, has been an added bonus.’
      • ‘And, as an extra added bonus, he can actually do the job.’
      • ‘As an extra bonus these people are also listening for longer.’
      benefit, advantage, boon, blessing, godsend, stroke of luck, asset, attraction, added attraction, fringe benefit, additional benefit, extra, added extra
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Origin

Late 18th century (probably originally Stock Exchange slang): from Latin bonus (masculine) ‘good’, used in place of bonum (neuter) ‘good, good thing’.

Pronunciation

bonus

/ˈbōnəs//ˈboʊnəs/