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boon

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noun \ˈbün\

Definition of boon

  1. 1 :  benefit, favor; especially :  one that is given in answer to a request would not grant his boon

  2. 2 :  a timely benefit :  blessing a boon to new homeowners the rain was a boon for parched crops

Examples of boon in a sentence

  1. the couple's generous donation was a great boon to the charity's fund-raising campaign

  2. a softhearted man who finds it hard to deny any boon, whether it be for friend or stranger

Origin and Etymology of 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


First Known Use: 12th century


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boon

adjective

Definition of boon

  1. 1 archaic :  favorable

  2. 2 :  convivial a boon companion

Examples of boon in a sentence

  1. I and my boon companions celebrated that afternoon's victory on the gridiron with a night at a local dance club.

Origin and Etymology of boon

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


First Known Use: 14th century



BOON Defined for English Language Learners

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boon

play
noun \ˈbün\

Definition of boon for English Language Learners

  • : something pleasant or helpful : a benefit or advantage


BOON Defined for Kids

boon

play
noun \ˈbün\

Definition of boon for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  something pleasant or helpful that comes at just the right time The rain was a boon to the farmers.



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