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1 anything that tends to arouse; "his approval was an added fillip" [syn: fillip]
2 an additional payment (or other remuneration) to employees as a means of increasing output [syn: incentive]

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From bonus, good.
Because Latin has gender, this would mean "a good man (male)". Properly formed, the word should be bonum (neuter gender), meaning "a good thing". This would be parallel to the many other neuter gender words adopted into English, like maximum, minimum, premium, optimum. Its plural would then be bona or Bonii.



  1. Something extra that is good
  2. An extra amount of money given to an employee
    The employee received a bonus for his excellent work.


something extra that is good
extra amount of money given to an employee



  1. A bonus (something extra)
  2. A bonus (extra money to an employee)



From the old form duonus. Confer the change from duellum to bellum ("war"), duis to bis ("twice") and the root dvi-. Which explains δείδω, δέος ("good"). The comparative melior ("better"), confer the μάλα, μᾶλλον. Superlative optimus, optumus ("best") from the root opof, ops, opes. Confer copia and apiscor.


This adjective has irregular and degrees.


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