- Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth.(Obs)"Nature set in her at once beauty with bounty." [Gower.]
- Liberality in bestowing gifts or favors; gracious or liberal giving; generosity; munificence."My bounty is as boundless as the sea." [Shak.]
- That which is given generously or liberally."Thy morning bounties." [Cowper.]
- A premium offered or given to induce men to enlist into the public service; or to encourage any branch of industry, as husbandry or manufactures.synonyms: Munificence; generosity; beneficence.
Etymology: OE. bounte goodness, kindness, F. bonté, fr. L. bonitas, fr. bonus good, for older duonus; cf. Skr. duvas honor, respect