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Bonus definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BONUS, n. [L.] A premium given for a charter or other privilege granted to a company.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: anything that tends to arouse; "his approval was an added fillip" [syn: bonus, fillip]
2: an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output [syn: bonus, incentive]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Latin, literally, good more at bounty Date: 1773 something in addition to what is expected or strictly due: as a. money or an equivalent given in addition to an employee's usual compensation b. a premium (as of stock) given by a corporation to a purchaser of its securities, to a promoter, or to an employee c. a government payment to war veterans d. a sum in excess of salary given an athlete for signing with a team

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. 1 an unsought or unexpected extra benefit. 2 a a usu. seasonal gratuity to employees beyond their normal pay. b an extra dividend or issue paid to the shareholders of a company. c a distribution of profits to holders of an insurance policy. Etymology: L bonus, bonum good (thing)

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Bonus Bo"nus, n.; pl. Bonuses. [L. bonus good. Cf. Bonny.] 1. (Law) A premium given for a loan, or for a charter or other privilege granted to a company; as the bank paid a bonus for its charter. --Bouvier. 2. An extra dividend to the shareholders of a joint stock company, out of accumulated profits. 3. Money paid in addition to a stated compensation.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(bonuses) 1. A bonus is an extra amount of money that is added to someone's pay, usually because they have worked very hard. Workers in big firms receive a substantial part of their pay in the form of bonuses and overtime. ...a 15 bonus. ...a special bonus payment. N-COUNT 2. A bonus is something good that you get in addition to something else, and which you would not usually expect. We felt we might finish third. Any better would be a bonus... It's made from natural ingredients, but with the added bonus of containing 30 per cent less fat than ordinary cheese. = plus N-COUNT 3. A bonus is a sum of money that an insurance company pays to its policyholders, for example a percentage of the company's profits. These returns will not be enough to meet the payment of annual bonuses to policyholders. N-COUNT

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. [L.] Premium, reward, honorarium, gift, subsidy.

Moby Thesaurus

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