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Definition a sudden happening that brings good fortune — especially wealth


an especially rich vein of precious ore such as gold or silver

Bonanza was also the name of a famous western cowboy television series that ran 14 seasons until 1973 and is still in syndication.
  • proved to be a bonanza for the local residents
  • Birthday parties were bonanzas for him.
    John Grogan  --  Marley & Me
  • Eating lunch at Bonanza and having their portraits taken in matching sweaters.
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • For them it was just a new wrinkle in a ratings bonanza, but it was much better than Nick, did you kill your wife?
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "And break it out? and walk off with it for a hundred yards?" demanded Matthewson, a Bonanza King, he of the seven hundred vaunt.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Tip-wise, Saturday night had been a bonanza, but Friday had been disappointing, which was why she'd resolved to stick it out one last night.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Best of Me
  • Terry Wickett, one of the chemists here, calls this 'Bonanza Hall.'
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • "for the cops it was a bonanza," Bratton writes.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • I told her I worked at Shirt Bonanza, downstairs, and could get her some overstock maybe.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Its tax revenues have given the county a bonanza for roads and the highest per capita school expenditure in the state.
    Robert MacNeil and William Crane  --  Do You Speak American?
  • Sidney got Oz confused with an episode from "Bonanza."
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • He called me the next day and we went to lunch at Bonanza.
    Willie & Korie Robertson  --  The Duck Commander Family
  • There just aren't going to be any one-man bonanzas.
    Robert Penn Warren  --  All the King's Men
  • 50 in her pocket, a bonanza!
    Judy Blume  --  In the Unlikely Event
  • The tax cuts that are hampering America's schools have proved to be a marketing bonanza for companies like Exxon, Pizza Hut, and McDonald's.
    Eric Schlosser  --  Fast Food Nation
  • Oedipa had planned on nothing more involved that evening than watching Bonanza on the tube.
    Thomas Pynchon  --  The Crying of Lot 49
  • These new GMO seeds could be a bonanza for the seed companies.
    Michael Pollan  --  The Omnivore's Dilemma
  • Even though it was hardly what you might call a bonanza.
    William Styron  --  Sophie's Choice
  • Sometimes Francie came across a bonanza: the bottom of a discarded wash boiler.
    Betty Smith  --  A Tree Grows in Brooklyn
  • It's a goddam bonanza.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline

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