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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

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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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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“Boon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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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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