Definition of boon in English:



  • 1usually in singular A thing that is helpful or beneficial.

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

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He has long been deafened by amplified hymns in his temple, leaving no scope for boons and prayers.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Aberdeen stood up ‘I have one request, a boon, to ask of you.’’
    • ‘Return to his father in earth and the meaning of the sacrificial fire were the first two boons granted without hesitation.’


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