1. anything that tends to arouse.
  2. an additional payment on top of a stated amount of compensation.

It's great to get these, but the US Government takes almost 50% in the name of taxes.

Adjective. Usually used in street talk as a replacement for cool, eg. 'Ah! Sweet bonus!'.

Bo"nus (?), n.; pl. Bonuses (). [L. bonus good. Cf. Bonny.]

1. Law

A premium given for a loan, or for a charter or other privilege granted to a company; as the bank paid a bonus for its charter.

Bouvier.

2.

An extra dividend to the shareholders of a joint stock company, out of accumulated profits.

3.

Money paid in addition to a stated compensation.

 

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