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Definition of boon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : benefit, favor especially : one that is given in answer to a request would not grant his boon
2 : a timely benefit : blessing a boon to new homeowners the rain was a boon for parched crops



Definition of boon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 archaic : favorable
2 : convivial a boon companion

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Examples of boon in a Sentence


the couple's generous donation was a great boon to the charity's fund-raising campaign a softhearted man who finds it hard to deny any boon, whether it be for friend or stranger


I and my boon companions celebrated that afternoon's victory on the gridiron with a night at a local dance club.
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Moreover, the existing Facebook has been an incredible boon to the conservative movement, as NewsWhip’s rankings of the most popular publishers consistently attest. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A conservative Facebook would probably fail — but Facebook should worry about it anyway," 31 Aug. 2018 Walker has been touting the project’s potential benefits on the campaign trail, calling it an economic boon. Todd Richmond, The Seattle Times, "Foxconn joins Wisconsin companies to create investment fund," 28 Aug. 2018 Salo dismissed the idea that the convention would be an economic boon. Steve Harrison, charlotteobserver, "Mayor Lyles defends pursuit of Republican convention to skeptical fellow Democrats," 11 July 2018 The city said its one-time investment in the concert and events center, which has been shuttered since 2009 but is expected to reopen early next year, will serve as an economic boon for the downtown area. Karen Pearlman,, "El Cajon investing in economic future to keep pace with growing pension liability costs," 19 June 2018 But so now the idea of actually defining ourselves around something has been such an incredible boon both internally and externally. Recode Staff, Recode, "Full transcript: Vox Editor at Large Ezra Klein on Recode Media," 14 June 2018 Harsh sentencing laws in the 1980s helped fuel this growth, leading to the construction of hundreds of correctional facilities and the establishment of the private-prison industry—often an economic boon to the struggling towns that received them. Laura Mallonee, WIRED, "Photographing the Lights of America's Prisons—and the Lives Inside," 13 Apr. 2018 The Baker administration has promised to build the MBTA rail expansion, which supporters say would be an economic boon for the region. Johanna Seltz,, "Selectmen vote against latest South Coast Rail plan," 9 Mar. 2018 Today, the museum is a Cleveland icon - and an unrivaled economic and cultural boon to the city. Staff,, "Cleveland Connects: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame forum will highlight museum's impact on the city," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of boon


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boon


Middle English bone prayer, request, the favor requested, from Old Norse bōn request; akin to Old English bēn prayer, bannan to summon — more at ban


Middle English bon, from Anglo-French, good — more at bounty

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The first known use of boon was in the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of boon

: something pleasant or helpful : a benefit or advantage


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Kids Definition of boon

1 : something asked or granted as a favor When the pie was all finished, the Owl, as a boon, Was kindly permitted to pocket the spoon …— Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
2 : something pleasant or helpful that comes at just the right time The rain was a boon to the farmers.

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