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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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But that extra precipitation could lead to more snow, which would be a boon for ski towns—and skiers! Megan Friedman, Country Living, "Winter Is Going to Be Worse Than Usual in 2019, According to Accuweather Predictions," 3 Oct. 2018 The celebrity style Instagram account is a boon for super fans of famous street style regulars such as Kendall Jenner, Selena Gomez, and Bella and Gigi Hadid. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Who Are the Anonymous Users Running Instagram’s Most Famous Celebrity Style Instagram Accounts?," 19 July 2018 Having a fast, non-invasive method such as heavy water tracing would be a great economic boon. Kevin Davenport, idahostatesman, "Yellowstone's magma chamber is more powerful than we knew. Here's why studying it matters.," 3 July 2018 Although black plastic mulch seems like a great boon to organic gardeners, its use is not problem free. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "What Every Gardener Should Know About Mulching," 28 Feb. 2017 The rise in Facebook shares could be a boon for the broader technology sector, after Amazon and Alphabet slumped following results last week. David Hodari, WSJ, "U.S. Stocks Jump as Tough Month Sets to Wrap," 31 Oct. 2018 But regardless, Heitkamp and the rest are clearly betting that Obamacare will be a boon, not a bust, for Democrats in 2018. Dylan Scott, Vox, "The 2018 midterms, explained by this Heidi Heitkamp ad," 17 Aug. 2018 Tuition costs for out-of-state students Out-of-state students provide a financial boon to Arizona universities, in addition to diversifying campus, a priority for many schools in recent years. Rachel Leingang, azcentral, "Arizona universities got a boost in admissions from California in the past decade," 12 July 2018 Another boon for the university, Hiles said, came earlier this year, when Missouri legislators restored 10 percent across-the-board cuts that former Gov. Eric Greitens had imposed. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "MU’s record fundraising crosses $1 billion, a sign of recovery from 2015 protests," 11 July 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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The first known use of boon was in the 12th century

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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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the figure or shape of a crescent moon

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