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Definition of boon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Definition of boon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : convivial a boon companion
2 archaic : favorable

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Examples of boon in a Sentence

Noun 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 Adjective 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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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The low prices that were a boon to processors left small farmers struggling across the industry. Alana Semuels, Time, "Milk Has Long Been a Staple of American Life. But Now, the Dairy Industry Is in Trouble," 9 Jan. 2020 At first, the tourist boom was a boon to the town, which lies between Lake Hallstatt and the Dachstein massif (mountain group) and has been a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1997. Jayme Deerwester, USA TODAY, "Austrians wish 'Frozen' fans would stop overrunning Alpine village that looks like Arendelle," 8 Jan. 2020 The Wall Street Journal reports that almost 20 percent of 70- to 74-year-olds are currently working (up from 11% in 1992), so this age limit elimination can be a boon to anyone who falls into that camp. Nathan Bachrach And Amy Wagner,, "Simply Money: Retirement planning is changing thanks to Congress," 7 Jan. 2020 The hiatus is a boon to ISIS, which has carried out dozens of bombings and targeted assassinations since the fall of its caliphate, last March. Robin Wright, The New Yorker, "The Breathtaking Unravelling of the Middle East After Qassem Suleimani’s Death," 6 Jan. 2020 But the Trump campaign and the Republican National Committee have said the impeachment inquiry launched by House Democrats has been a boon to his reelection efforts. Melissa Quinn, CBS News, "Trump campaign hauls in $46 million in fourth quarter, touts "unprecedented fundraising"," 2 Jan. 2020 The White House insisted that tariffs would be a boon to U.S. factories. NBC News, "Tariffs contribute to job losses in American manufacturing, Fed report shows," 30 Dec. 2019 The growth of online lending has been a boon to hair salons, bakeries and other small businesses that don’t qualify for bank credit. Yuka Hayashi, WSJ, "Small Businesses Rush to Borrow Online, Sparking Fears of High Rates, Costly Terms," 30 Dec. 2019 That could be a boon to the president’s reelection prospects, though Democrats say Americans are still hurt by stagnant wages and widespread economic anxiety. Washington Post, "Trump’s quest to shatter GOP economics reached its culmination in 2019," 27 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of boon


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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 entry 1


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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13 Jan 2020

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“Boon.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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