boon

1 of 2

noun

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

boon

2 of 2

adjective

1
: convivial
a boon companion
2
archaic : favorable

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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Noun
The big picture: Vance — the author of best-selling memoir Hillbilly Elegy and a first-term senator— edged out a number of more moderate contenders in a boon for hardliners. Juliegrace Brufke, Axios, 15 July 2024 While the almost $900 billion being added to the European economy is certainly a boon, some countries aren’t so thrilled with all the extra people showing up. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 12 July 2024 For Canada Coach Jesse Marsch, the onetime U.S. midfielder who played college soccer at Princeton an hour down the New Jersey Turnpike and coached the New York Red Bulls from 2015 to 2018, the 2-0 loss capped a run that can be interpreted as both a telling bellwether and an undeniable boon. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 10 July 2024 Since then, the city has rebounded and is experiencing an economic boon. Shawn Raymundo, The Arizona Republic, 8 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for boon 

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Word History

Etymology

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 entry 1

Adjective

Middle English bon, from Anglo-French, good — more at bounty

First Known Use

Noun

12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Adjective

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of boon was in the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Boon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boon. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

boon

1 of 2 noun
1
: something asked or granted as a favor
2
: something pleasant or helpful that comes at just the right time : blessing

boon

2 of 2 adjective
: merry sense 1
a boon companion
Etymology

Noun

Middle English boon "favor," from an early Norse word meaning "a request, plea"

Adjective

Middle English boon, bon "favorable," from early French bon "good," derived from Latin bonus "good" — related to bonus

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