bonanza

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Spanish bonanza (calm sea, fair weather, good luck, rich lode), from Medieval Latin bonacia (fair weather), a blend of bonus (good) +‎ malacia (calm sea).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /bəˈnænzə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ænzə

Noun[edit]

bonanza (plural bonanzas)

  1. (mining) A rich mine or vein of silver or gold.
    Antonym: borrasca
  2. The point at which two mother lodes intersect.
  3. (by extension, figuratively) Anything which is a great source of wealth or yields a large income or return.
    Synonym: mother lode
    The popular show quickly became a ratings bonanza for the network.
    • 2013 August 31, Bagehot, “The parable of the Clyde”, in The Economist[1], volume 408, number 8851:
      For two decades the bonanza on Scotland’s west coast continued. An occupation that had been seasonal and modestly profitable became year-round and lucrative. Baskets of herring put televisions into fishermen’s cottages and cars outside their doors. But fish, like oil and gas, with which Scotland’s continental shelf is also well-endowed, are not in unlimited supply.
    • 2021 March 26, Peter S. Goodman, “In Suez Canal, Stuck Ship Is a Warning About Excessive Globalization”, in The New York Times[2], ISSN 0362-4331:
      It has also yielded a bonanza for corporate executives and other shareholders: Money not spent filling warehouses with unneeded auto parts is, at least in part, money that can be given to shareholders in the form of dividends.

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Spanish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Vulgar Latin *bonacia, alteration of malacia.[1] Compare Italian bonaccia (dead calm).

Noun[edit]

bonanza f (plural bonanzas)

  1. (nautical) good weather
  2. (figuratively) bloom, flourishing
    Synonym: prosperidad

Descendants[edit]

  • English: bonanza

References[edit]

  1. ^ bonanza” in Diccionario de la lengua española, Vigésima tercera edición, Real Academia Española, 2014.

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