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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

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 Officials say the center would be a boon for Montgomery’s economic growth, which has stagnated in recent years and lagged behind both the District and Northern Virginia. Washington Post, "Montgomery County to spend $500,000 on push for global pandemic center," 4 May 2021 Regardless of the reasoning for Owusu-Koramoah lasting to the middle of the second round, nabbing him at this point is a boon for GM Andrew Berry. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL draft's biggest steals: Patriots, Jets add top value with hauls in 2021 class," 3 May 2021 This has been a boon for students who cannot afford to travel, increasing their exposure to unfamiliar colleges. Tribune News Service, al, "More high school seniors must pick a college through virtual tours," 2 May 2021 Sierra Leone is one of the poorest countries in the world, so adding a high-value market could be a boon for its agricultural sector, which employs 75% of the population. Rebecca Cairns, CNN, "Forgotten for half a century, this rare bean could save Sierra Leone's coffee industry," 29 Apr. 2021 The exodus from New York City has been a boon for New Jersey. Paul Overberg, WSJ, "The Pandemic Changed Where Americans Live," 27 Apr. 2021 The shift could be a boon for the GOP, just in time for the 2022 midterms elections. Carlie Porterfield, Forbes, "Texas, Florida And Colorado Will Gain More Representation In Congress Following Census Count," 26 Apr. 2021 That amendment would have been a boon for River Cross, which is within three miles of the University of Central Florida campus. Martin E. Comas,, "Dorworth, Greenberg maneuvered behind the scenes on behalf of controversial housing development," 23 Apr. 2021 Sarah Jachowski, marketing director for American Home Contractors, said partnering with Tesla has been a boon for the company. Pat Stoetzer,, "Sykesville native ready to share power of Tesla with Carroll County," 20 Apr. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Boon.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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