November 24, 2011
bounty (noun)
\BOUN-tee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
1 a : generosity b : something given generously2 : money given as a reward (as for killing a harmful animal or capturing a criminal)
How do you use it?
The table was covered with a bounty of delicious food selections.
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Which word do you think comes from the same root as "bounty"?

The Latin word "bonus" meaning "good" is the source of our words "bounty" and "beauty." Both "bounty" and "beauty" made their way into English through Anglo-French, the French language used in medieval England. Other words related to the Latin root "bonus" include "benediction" which is a short prayer, "bonbon" which names a kind of candy, and, of course, "bonus" itself which means something extra.
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