\ 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



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


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


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

Fear and uncertainty over rising interest rates, trade spats and global politics sent stocks swinging and created a boon for trading in those markets. Telis Demos, WSJ, "Stock Traders Win, Bond Desks Lose in Volatile Year," 28 Dec. 2018 The Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL), which equips Windows systems to run Linux software natively, has proven a boon for developers and administrators. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "Microsoft’s problem isn’t how often it updates Windows—it’s how it develops it," 20 Oct. 2018 The deal should also become a boon for SoundCloud Premier, the platform’s new monetization service that opened to the public earlier this month and promises to help creators get paid directly. Nick Statt, The Verge, "SoundCloud partners with Dubset to let DJs get the rights to remixes and samples," 19 Oct. 2018 The trend signals a boon for construction industries, who likely will stay busy building homes, businesses, roads and other infrastructure to meet demand. Gordon Dickson, star-telegram, "Will Dallas-Fort Worth's rapid growth turn it into the next Los Angeles?," 31 May 2018 The irony: The third-party run, which could split the Republican vote, may ultimately become a boon for one of Blankenship's avowed foes, Democratic incumbant Sen. Joe Manchin III. Dino Grandoni, Washington Post, "The Energy 202: EPA holds summit on dangerous chemicals after delayed report," 22 May 2018 For Tesla, a tariff cut will provide a boon until the company manages to set up local production. Fortune, "Trump Trade War Fears Cool as China Backtracks on Passenger Cars Import Duty," 22 May 2018 This gyroscope, about the size of a large microwave, is keeping the large boat stable—a boon for sailors (like me) who don’t have their sea legs yet. Jack Stewart, WIRED, "Seakeeper’s Super Spinning System Keeps Ships Stable at Sea," 21 May 2018 While the technology around these digital streets is still under discussion, new plans suggest the flexible nature of the streetscape will be a boon to pedestrians. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Sidewalk Labs’s updated smart city plan aims for ‘people-first public realm’," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of boon


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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


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

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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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