Definition of bonus noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbəʊnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊnəs//
    (pl. bonuses) Office life, Pay and conditions at work
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  1. 1an extra amount of money that is added to a payment, especially to somebody’s wages or salary as a reward a £100 Christmas bonus productivity bonuses the row over bankers' bonuses What is actually paid will depend on the bonus payments made at the end of the policy. Wordfinderbonus, commission, deduction, earn, overtime, pay, rise, salary, tax, wage see also no-claims bonus See related entries: Office life, Pay and conditions at work
  2. 2[usually singular] anything pleasant that is extra and more or better than you were expecting Being able to walk to work is an added bonus of the new job. As a bonus, club members can get free tickets for all the family. One of the great bonuses of retirement is having time to spare.
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent. (probably originally Stock Exchange slang): from Latin bonus (masculine) ‘good’, used in place of bonum (neuter) ‘good, good thing’.Extra examples All employees get an annual bonus before the summer holidays. All workers participate in the bonus scheme. He was awarded a cash bonus of $2 500. If you don’t meet our targets, you’ll lose your bonus. Some employees will receive discretionary bonus payments. The house is comfortable, and as an added bonus, it’s near my work. The house is very comfortable, and as an added bonus, it’s near to buses and trains. The sunshine on the final day was a welcome bonus for the spectators. You will receive a bonus for high levels of productivity. A major bonus to the conference is the presence of several interpreters. Everyone in the company gets a 10% Christmas bonus. It came as an unexpected bonus when Jim said he’d lend us his car. Some of the top executives are awarded bonuses of up to £1m. The fact that I can walk to work in the morning is an added bonus. a productivity/​performance bonus
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