\ ˈbün How to pronounce boon (audio) \

Definition of boon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a timely benefit : blessing a boon to new homeowners The rain was a boon for parched crops.
2 : benefit, favor especially : one that is given in answer to a request would not grant his boon



Definition of boon (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : convivial a boon companion
2 archaic : favorable

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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

Ring's growing presence at homes across the country has largely been a boon for police. Eric Levenson, CNN, "Ring and its doorbell cameras have partnered with over 400 police departments," 29 Aug. 2019 The decision appears to also be a boon for guests, as well as the environment. Louis Cheslaw, Condé Nast Traveler, "Marriott International, the World's Largest Hotel Chain, Is Banning Small Toiletries by 2020," 28 Aug. 2019 This may or may not be a boon for spruces; nobody knows much about what controls tree growth at the northern tree line. M. R. O’connor, The New Yorker, "A Day in the Life of a Tree," 27 Aug. 2019 Full-day kindergarten is a boon for school districts too. Jared Polis, The Denver Post, "Polis: One thing parents can cross off their back to school lists — kindergarten tuition checks," 25 Aug. 2019 Despite his lack of production, getting Simmons back should be a boon for an offense that has sputtered since the final week of July. Los Angeles Times, "Angels reinstate shortstop Andrelton Simmons from the injured list," 23 Aug. 2019 The death of the INF Treaty is a boon for watchers of the Asia-Pacific region, where China has hundreds if not thousands of short-, medium-, and intermediate-range missiles with both conventional and nuclear warheads. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "After Leaving Treaty, U.S. Tests Ground Launched Cruise Missile," 20 Aug. 2019 That has been a boon for the national team program. Jamie Goldberg,, "National Women’s Soccer League has played key role in U.S. Women’s National Team’s continued dominance," 14 Aug. 2019 These direct-to-consumer businesses have been a boon for Disney. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Disney unveils international rollout of streaming service," 19 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of boon


12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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 entry 1


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


\ 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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formidable, illustrious, or eminent

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