Definition of boon in English:



  • 1[usually in singular] A thing that is helpful or beneficial:

    ‘the route will be a boon to many travellers’
    • ‘The evolution of sophisticated chargeback programs has been a boon to facility and real estate executives.’
    • ‘It is also a boon to those farmers who are, in effect, protected from competition.’
    • ‘Liberalisation came as a boon to the commodity trading, which is gradually gaining ground in the market circles.’
    • ‘They are a boon to the participating countries as the benefits of more trade, investment and employment enhance their respective economies.’
    • ‘The therapy may cut recovery time by one third or even one half - a boon to any athlete looking to salvage the season.’
    • ‘Increases in average human life spans that we are privileged to witness must count as one of the great boons of the 20th century.’
    • ‘The path is strewn with hardships but also some boons.’
    • ‘As a side benefit I am sure the bridge will also be a boon to fishermen and will be lined every night with salmon poachers slinging their hooks into the racing tide.’
    • ‘But the causeway has been a boon to naturalists.’
    • ‘Yet, amazingly, instead of being hailed as a boon to public safety… it was criticized as a threat to privacy.’
    • ‘These days, the main signs of the region's mixed heritage are peaceful, and many are positive boons to the traveler.’
    • ‘The success of others is your boon not your bane.’
    • ‘There are boons, too, but they are going to take a long time to realize.’
    • ‘Homeschoolers and public schools are, in many ways, boons to one another.’
    • ‘Such technological ‘advances’ typically do nothing to help farmers, while providing a boon to the manufacturers and marketers of the technologies.’
    • ‘I'm sure it would be a boon to small clubs like ours who are struggling to make ends meet.’
    • ‘High oil prices a boon to energy-producing regions’
    • ‘Economists and policymakers have generally applauded the growth of borrowing as a boon to the economy and a blessing for average Americans.’
    • ‘But a falling dollar is a boon to investors who own foreign stocks and value them in dollars - as international funds do.’
    • ‘Knowing these people helps to understand why alcohol is such a boon to the lost and the lonely.’
    blessing, godsend, bonus, good thing, benefit, help, aid, advantage, gain, asset, privilege, luxury
    windfall, bonanza, stroke of luck, piece of good fortune
    perk, plus, plus point, pro
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  • 2archaic A favour or request.

    • ‘The statue of the goddess in the sanctum was small and was heavily garlanded with bells and gold borders - offerings made to the goddess for boons granted.’
    • ‘He has long been deafened by amplified hymns in his temple, leaving no scope for boons and prayers.’
    • ‘One night, as Charumathi slept, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dreams and asked her to perform a puja to Varalakshmi, the goddess who granted boons.’
    • ‘Return to his father in earth and the meaning of the sacrificial fire were the first two boons granted without hesitation.’
    • ‘Aberdeen stood up ‘I have one request, a boon, to ask of you.’’


Middle English (originally in the sense ‘request for a favour’): from Old Norse bón.