The definition of a bonanza is a big mineral deposit, an abundance of something desirable or a situation where there is a sudden increase in something desirable.
An example of a bonanza is when sales suddenly start taking off, greatly increasing the company's profits.
- a very rich vein or pocket of ore
- any source of great wealth or profits
Origin of bonanzaSp, fair weather, prosperity from Vulgar Latin an unverified form bonacia, from Classical Latin bonus, good (see bonus), after malacia, calm at sea (assumed to be from malus, bad) from Classical Greek malakia from malakos, soft, akin to myl?, mill
- A rich mine, vein, or pocket of ore.
- A source of great wealth or prosperity.
Origin of bonanzaSpanish from Medieval Latin bonacia calm sea blend of Latin bonus good ; see deu-2 in Indo-European roots. and Medieval Latin malacia calm sea ( from Greek malakiā ) ( from malakos soft ; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots.)