Meaning of “bonus” in the English Dictionary

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"bonus" in British English

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bonusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbəʊ.nəs/ us /ˈboʊ.nəs/

B2 an extra amount of money that is given to you as a present or reward for good work as well as the money you were expecting:

a productivity bonus
a Christmas bonus
The company used to give discretionary bonus payments.

B2 a pleasant extra thing:

I love the job, and it's an added bonus that it's so close to home.

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(Definition of “bonus” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bonus" in American English

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bonusnoun [ C ]

us /ˈboʊ·nəs/

an extra amount of money given to someone as a reward for work or as encouragement:

The salary was $40,000, plus a bonus.

A bonus is also any result that is an unexpected benefit:

After the heart transplant, every day is a bonus for me.

(Definition of “bonus” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"bonus" in Business English

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bonusnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈbəʊnəs/ us plural bonuses

WORKPLACE an amount of money given to an employee in addition to their salary as a reward for working well:

a bonus of €1000/£500, etc. She received a bonus of $15,065, equal to 40% of her salary.
earn/get/receive a bonus Teachers can earn an annual bonus of $1,026 if they meet the goals.
pay (sb) a bonus Bank bosses are still being paid huge bonuses.
a Christmas bonus

FINANCE an amount of money or shares given by a company to its shareholders:

Investors are set to receive a bonus of at least £1.50 a share.

(Definition of “bonus” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)