Definition of Bonanza

1. Noun. An especially rich vein of precious ore.

Generic synonyms: Mineral Vein, Vein

2. Noun. A sudden happening that brings good fortune (as a sudden opportunity to make money). "The demand for testing has created a boom for those unregulated laboratories where boxes of specimen jars are processed like an assembly line"

Definition of Bonanza

1. n. In mining, a rich mine or vein of silver or gold; hence, anything which is a mine of wealth or yields a large income.

Definition of Bonanza

1. Noun. In mining, a rich mine or vein of silver or gold. ¹

2. Noun. The point at which two mother lodes intersect ¹

3. Noun. By extension, anything which is a mine of wealth or yields a large income or return. ¹

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Definition of Bonanza

1. a rich mine [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bonanza

bona peritura
bona roba
bona robas
bona vacantia
bonanza (current term)
bond-trading activity

Literary usage of Bonanza

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1. History of California by Theodore Henry Hittell (1897)
"While the old bonanza was yielding at the rate of about ten millions of dollars a year, the new bonanza was said to have ore in sight that would yield ..."

2. The Story of the Mine: As Illustrated by the Great Comstock Lode of Nevada by Charles Howard Shinn (1896)
"DAYS OF THE GREAT bonanza. THE discovery of Crown Point's bonanza in 1870 'had ... A still greater bonanza —the one by which the fame of Nevada was spread ..."

3. Klondike: The Chicago Record's Book for Gold Seekers (1897)
"In all there are some four or five branches of bonanza which have given good ... Compared with bonanza it is small, and will not afford more than twenty or ..."

4. The Bible in Spain; or, The journeys, adventures, and imprisonments of an by George Henry Borrow (1844)
"CHAPTER L. Night on the Guadalquivir—Gospel Light—bonanza—Strand of San ... We now stopped before bonanza: this is, properly speaking, the port of San Lucar ..."

5. Transactions of the American Institute of Mining, Metallurgical and (1912)
"Origin of Certain bonanza Silver-Ores of the Arid Region. BY CHARLES R. KEYES, ... bonanza Ore-Blanket of Arid Regions, 504 4. Variety of Dry Gossan-Ores, . ..."

6. Echoes from the Rocky Mountains: Reminiscences and Thrilling Incidents of by John Wesley Clampitt (1888)
"The rich ore is contained in pockets or horses (bonanzas) dispersed through its veins. In 1874 the "Big bonanza," the richest in the world, ..."

7. Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror by Richard Linthicum, Trumbull White (1906)
"The bonanza king residence section was Nob Hill, an eminence near the business part of the city. In the early days of San Francisco's growth and soon after ..."

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