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

Keep scrolling for more

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.
See More

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Clear could be a boon for frequent fliers, especially in busy airports. Dawn Gilbertson, azcentral, "Airport security: TSA PreCheck vs. Global Entry vs. Clear," 11 July 2018 On its face, this is a boon in liberal enclaves and left-leaning districts. Chad Pergram, Fox News, "Dems in danger of botching California's 'jungle primary'," 31 May 2018 What’s surprising are the supercharged V-6’s ratings, which are perilously close to the four-cylinder’s numbers—a boon for enthusiast drivers who still care about fuel economy. Michael Simari, Car and Driver, "2018 Audi A6," 22 Mar. 2018 According to Billboard, the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Games are the first Olympics where singles and pairs can skate to songs with lyrics – a boon for Rippon and Coldplay. Cady Lang, Time, "Adam Rippon Figure Skating to Coldplay Just Made the Internet Super Emotional," 12 Feb. 2018 The deal will be a boon to the Kushners, who are struggling to recoup their investments in their flagship building. Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Senate rebuke of Trump tariffs won't actually change anything," 12 July 2018 The Ronaldo transfer, which will cost Juventus €100 million ($117 million), might also prove a boon to Italian soccer. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "Cristiano Ronaldo to Join Italy’s Juventus in $117 Million Deal," 10 July 2018 If discriminating against Trump officials, or his supporters, proves such a boon for the bottom line, are more places going to follow suit? Fox News, "Tom Fitton: FBI looked for excuses to target Trump's team," 7 July 2018 His sympathy for business may prove an unlikely boon to environmentalists. The Economist, "A court with a solid conservative majority could reshape American life," 5 July 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'boon.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about boon

Statistics for boon

Last Updated

3 Nov 2018

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for boon

The first known use of boon was in the 12th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for boon

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.

Keep scrolling for more

Comments on boon

What made you want to look up boon? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

playful or foolish behavior

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Autumn Words of the Day 2018

  • a-top-down-image-of-road-through-an-autumn-forest
  • Which is a synonym of fugacious?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!