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



    BrE BrE//ˈbaʊnti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbaʊnti//
    (pl. bounties)
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  1. 1[uncountable, countable] (literary) generous actions; something provided in large quantities to thank the Lord for his bounty the bounties of nature
  2. 2[countable] money given as a reward a bounty hunter (= somebody who catches criminals or kills people for a reward)
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (denoting goodness or generosity): from Old French bonte ‘goodness’, from Latin bonitas, from bonus ‘good’. The sense ‘monetary reward’ dates from the early 18th cent.

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