Main definitions of boon in English

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boon1

noun

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

    ‘the navigation system will be a boon to both civilian and military users’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Knowing these people helps to understand why alcohol is such a boon to the lost and the lonely.’
    • ‘Increases in average human life spans that we are privileged to witness must count as one of the great boons of the 20th century.’
    • ‘Such technological ‘advances’ typically do nothing to help farmers, while providing a boon to the manufacturers and marketers of the technologies.’
    • ‘The path is strewn with hardships but also some boons.’
    • ‘There are boons, too, but they are going to take a long time to realize.’
    • ‘It is also a boon to those farmers who are, in effect, protected from competition.’
    • ‘The therapy may cut recovery time by one third or even one half - a boon to any athlete looking to salvage the season.’
    • ‘But the causeway has been a boon to naturalists.’
    • ‘The success of others is your boon not your bane.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I'm sure it would be a boon to small clubs like ours who are struggling to make ends meet.’
    • ‘The evolution of sophisticated chargeback programs has been a boon to facility and real estate executives.’
    • ‘But a falling dollar is a boon to investors who own foreign stocks and value them in dollars - as international funds do.’
    • ‘These days, the main signs of the region's mixed heritage are peaceful, and many are positive boons to the traveler.’
    • ‘Liberalisation came as a boon to the commodity trading, which is gradually gaining ground in the market circles.’
    • ‘Yet, amazingly, instead of being hailed as a boon to public safety… it was criticized as a threat to privacy.’
    • ‘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.’
    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
    perquisite
    benison
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  • 2archaic A favor or request.

    ‘may I have the inestimable boon of a few minutes' conversation?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

boon

/bo͞on/

Main definitions of boon in English

: boon1boon2

boon2

adjective

  • (of a companion or friend) close; intimate; favorite.

    ‘he debated the question with a few boon companions in the barroom’
    • ‘Thus equipped he again went abroad, and meeting with one Charles Tucker, a boon companion, laid in wait for the officers above named.’
    • ‘‘I hope you’ll come,’ she says to Mr Cuddles, her boon companion.’
    • ‘There is the fact he is sinfully handsome, of a superior title, boon friend of the young Queen Victoria and rich.’
    companion, boon companion, bosom friend, best friend, close friend, intimate, confidante, confidant, familiar, soul mate, alter ego, second self, shadow, playmate, playfellow, classmate, schoolmate, workmate, ally, comrade, associate
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Origin

Mid 16th century: boon from Old French bon, from Latin bonus good The early literal sense was good fellow originally denoting a drinking companion.

Pronunciation:

boon

/bo͞on/