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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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The belief internally is that new offensive coordinator, 30-year-old Kellen Moore, will prove a revelation, and be a boon for Prescott, in merging college concepts with the existing offense. Albert Breer,, "This Cowboys’ Roster Boasts Depth That the Team Hasn’t Seen Since the ’90s," 8 Aug. 2019 The European Union has managed to shrug off one rate cut by the Fed; the European Central Bank will have been delighted that the halfhearted Fed reduction made the dollar even stronger against the euro (a boon for struggling European manufacturers). Los Angeles Times, "Column: A yuan-dollar currency war would do some serious damage," 5 Aug. 2019 The two rulings, one a rebuke to the Trump administration and the other a boon to Republicans, was consistent with Chief Justice Roberts’s insistence that politics should play no role in judging. Adam Liptak, New York Times, "After 14 Years, Chief Justice Roberts Takes Charge," 27 June 2019 Its ownership structure is another obvious boon, said analyst David Livingston of DJL Research. Madison Iszler,, "Here’s why H-E-B is the grocery king of South Texas," 14 June 2019 Uncertainty and volatility can be a boon for Wall Street, as clients race to place big bets and firms collect significant fees—as was the case in early 2018. Gunjan Banerji, WSJ, "Wall Street Struggles With the Bad Kind of Volatility," 13 Jan. 2019 The spring season proved to be a boon for the Rebels. Charles Rich, Glendale News-Press, "Looking Back: Flintridge Prep enjoys reservoir of success in 2018-19 campaign," 22 July 2019 As many as nine teams could have a real shot at the championship next season, which aside from the obvious competitive value, could be a boon for strategic diversity. Rob Mahoney,, "A New Era for the Warriors Means a New Era for the NBA," 18 July 2019 Amazon said that its Prime Day event also proved to be a boon for small and medium-sized businesses that sell products through the company's website. Don Reisinger, Fortune, "Amazon’s Two-Day Prime Day Outsold Its 2018 Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales, Combined," 17 July 2019

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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


\ 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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