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something given or paid over and above what is due.
a sum of money granted or given to an employee, a returned soldier, etc., in addition to regular pay, usually in appreciation for work done, length of service, accumulated favors, etc.
something free, as an extra dividend, given by a corporation to a purchaser of its securities.
a premium paid for a loan, contract, etc.
something extra or additional given freely:
Every purchaser of a pound of coffee received a box of cookies as a bonus.
Contemporary Examples

“The Blood Sporting of Picking Off CEOs” Eric Dezenhall October 4, 2008
Wall Street’s Grinch Speaks Charlie Gasparino November 16, 2009
Too Big to Jail: Confessions of a Goldman Sachs Brat Michael Daly June 25, 2014
Bonfire of the Inanities Christopher Buckley March 21, 2009
AIG Is Not Our BIG Problem Katty Kay March 21, 2009

Historical Examples

Making Both Ends Meet Sue Ainslie Clark and Edith Wyatt
Pung Chow Lew Lysle Harr
A Rational Wages System Henry Atkinson
Louise de la Valliere Alexandre Dumas, Pere
For Jacinta Harold Bindloss

something given, paid, or received above what is due or expected: a Christmas bonus for all employees
(mainly Brit) an extra dividend allotted to shareholders out of profits
(insurance, Brit) a dividend, esp a percentage of net profits, distributed to policyholders either annually or when the policy matures
(Brit) a slang word for a bribe


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