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

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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

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 deal will be a boon to the Kushners, who are struggling to recoup their investments in their flagship building. New York Times, "Kushner’s Firm Deepens Ties to Those With Business in Washington," 11 July 2018 The Fourth of July has long been a boon to the box office, with studios pitching their tentpole films on the holiday in hope of taking advantage of the American public’s extra time off (and, in many cases, their need for air conditioning). Dave Lewis, latimes.com, "From 'Back to the Future' to 'Wild Wild West': A look at the Fourth of July's biggest box office hits and misses," 29 June 2018 However his familiarity with Matt Nagy's offense should be a boon to both Daniel and starter Mitch Trubisky. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, "Ranking NFL backup QBs by team: Who has best contingency plan?," 27 June 2018 Cosmetology programs in women’s prisons can be a boon to inmates preparing for life after release, but as Refinery29 reports with an at times disturbing look at the programs, beauty behind bars plays into dangerous power struggles. Aubrey Nagle, Philly.com, "Foreign-born adoptees deported, Strawberry Mansion questions high school plans | Morning Newsletter," 4 June 2018 President Donald Trump’s major tax cuts will be a boon to the U.S. economy throughout 2018 and 2019, but the president’s other policies could lead to a new recession in 2020, according to a group of top business economists. Jonathan Sperling, Fortune, "Top Business Economists Predict U.S. Could Face Recession in 2020," 4 June 2018 Those two categories have long been a boon to HBO, but it’s offerings there for 2018 were comparatively modest. Michael O'connell, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: How Netflix Edged HBO and What It Means for This Year's Race," 12 July 2018 Business managers at the auto mall and the Fountains at Roseville shopping mall say the growth has been a boon to them, Matteoli said. Kellen Browning, sacbee, "Roseville, a health care ‘hub,’ anticipates more expansions," 30 June 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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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.

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