boon

noun
\ ˈbün \

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

boon

adjective

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

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

Those two categories have long been a boon to HBO, but it’s offerings there for 2018 were comparatively modest. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 Business managers at the auto mall and the Fountains at Roseville shopping mall say the growth has been a boon to them, Matteoli said. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Roseville, a health care ‘hub,’ anticipates more expansions," 30 June 2018 While the details behind the agreement are not public, available evidence suggests the opposite: that Amazon's business has been a boon to the post office. Julie Creswell, Anchorage Daily News, "Amazon plans startup delivery services for its own packages," 28 June 2018 The Vegas club, said Vaccaro, was a boon to NHL wagering as a whole. Tom Krasovic, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A non-factor in Vegas, does Major League Soccer need to hit the books to have a shot?," 25 June 2018 Zero-rating looks like a consumer boon — after all, who would complain about streaming a movie via Netflix without being dinged for data charges? Michael Hiltzik, latimes.com, "Internet providers' big money leaves a California net neutrality bill 'eviscerated'," 21 June 2018 That could prove to be a boon to the teams with those picks, the Memphis Grizzlies and Dallas Mavericks. Tim Bontemps, chicagotribune.com, "Trades within the lottery could jolt an already intriguing NBA draft this week," 18 June 2018 Minor leagues, major boon Hagerstown, Md. is just a 75-mile drive from Nationals Park. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, "Fortnite: How a video game became baseball's most addictive pastime, from MLB to Little League," 21 May 2018 As Michelle Wolf, the comedian who attended the White House correspondents dinner, noted, President Donald Trump's election has been a boon to most of the media business. Claire Atkinson, NBC News, "Hillary Clinton urges Yale class to buy newspaper subscriptions," 21 May 2018

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First Known Use of boon

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for boon

Noun

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

Adjective

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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boon

noun

English Language Learners Definition of boon

: something pleasant or helpful : a benefit or advantage

boon

noun
\ ˈbün \

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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