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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 This newfound popularity was a boon for drag queens, as performers from the East Village suddenly found themselves in demand at clubs all over the city. NBC News, "'Drag Explosion': The 'fabulousness and defiance' of '90s drag," 28 Dec. 2020 These new viewing habits are a boon for streaming services that are investing a great deal on production: Netflix will spend $17 billion, Amazon $7 billion and Disney Plus $14-$16 billion, according to Fleming. Kathleen Christiansen,, "2020 movies: Reflecting on a year in film," 25 Dec. 2020 The presence of Tesla in the completion index was a boon for the ETFs and mutual funds, including the Fidelity Extended Market Index Fund and the Vanguard Extended Market ETF, that tracked it. Michael Wursthorn, WSJ, "The Soaring Stock Index You’ve Never Heard Of," 22 Dec. 2020 But the states’ burst of spending wasn’t a boon for everyone. David A. Lieb And Camille Fassett,, "State governments spent over $7 billion competing for early hard-to-get coronavirus supplies: ‘It was chaos, pandemonium’," 19 Dec. 2020 The opportunity to make three or more appointments to high-level positions is a boon for the first-term governor, said Parke Skelton, a Democratic political consultant. Patrick Mcgreevy, Los Angeles Times, "California needs a new top cop. Here’s what Gov. Gavin Newsom will consider," 13 Dec. 2020 The extra food is a boon for some animals in the Arctic Ocean. Chelsea Harvey, Scientific American, "Three Signs a ‘New Arctic’ Is Emerging," 9 Dec. 2020 That will be a boon for experimentalists, who will be able to use accurate structure predictions to make sense of opaque x-ray and cryo-EM data. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "‘The game has changed.’ AI triumphs at solving protein structures," 30 Nov. 2020 The mission would prove a boon for American ambassadors and other officials, who were invited by local media for interviews on the flight. Teasel Muir-harmony, Smithsonian Magazine, "How Apollo 8 Delivered Christmas Eve Peace and Understanding to the World," 11 Dec. 2020

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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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7 Jan 2021

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“Boon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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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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