boon

noun
\ ˈbün How to pronounce boon (audio) \

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

In the Trump era, the gears of liberal outrage have spun freely, providing a boon to the bottom line of environmental and social-justice organizations across the country. Abe Streep, Outside Online, "The Tribes v. Donald Trump," 1 May 2018 Presenting sponsors and other contributors step up not just to provide a world-class day of fun for the community, but also because Thunder is a boon for the area’s businesses and non-profit organizations. For Lg&e And Ku, The Courier-Journal, "It’s Disco Thunder!," 17 Apr. 2018 The saltwater in their pool was changed twice daily and permanently heated to 90 degrees—something their Palm Beach neighbor and friend John F. Kennedy found to be a boon for his bad back. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 The app will serve as an impressive boon on his college apps, and the cash will help pay for Yale. Jessica Macleish, Teen Vogue, "A Ranking of All the Dates in Noah Centineo's "The Perfect Date"," 12 Apr. 2019 Joe was a role model to generations of children and a boon to Hasbro, the toy company who produced him. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Yo, Joe: How a 12-Inch Soldier Doll Became a Toy Legend," 9 Apr. 2019 The rise of the anti-hero in comic books was a boon for games. Michael Thompson, Ars Technica, "Drawn together: The love affair between comics and games," 24 Dec. 2018 Coffee drinks add up, and sometimes leaving the house is a boon for productivity. Kim Komando, Fox News, "11 amazing perks you get from your local library you never knew before now," 25 Aug. 2018 Moreover, the existing Facebook has been an incredible boon to the conservative movement, as NewsWhip’s rankings of the most popular publishers consistently attest. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A conservative Facebook would probably fail — but Facebook should worry about it anyway," 31 Aug. 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 How to pronounce boon (audio) \

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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