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boon

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noun
  1. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
  2. something that is asked; a favor sought.
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Origin of boon

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1125–75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn
Related formsboon·less, adjective

boon

2
[boon]
adjective
  1. jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.
  2. Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.
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Origin of boon

2
1275–1325; Middle English bone < Middle French < Latin bonus good

boon

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[boon]
noun Textiles.
  1. the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
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Origin of boon

3
1350–1400; Middle English (north) bone; compare Old English bune reed
Also called shive, shove.
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Related Words for boon

windfall, blessing, godsend, largess, good, help, gift, benevolence, grant, donation, break, favor, benefit, compliment, benefaction, gratuity, present

Examples from the Web for boon

Contemporary Examples of boon

Historical Examples of boon

  • I am never so surrounded by boon companions as when I am all alone.

    Ballads of a Bohemian

    Robert W. Service

  • The boon I crave is that you will place it in my hands and let me die still grasping it.

    The White Company

    Arthur Conan Doyle

  • Let us go to Montcalm, and demand admission: he dare not deny a child the boon.

    The Last of the Mohicans

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • And is that the only boon you crave at my hands, Mr. Kirkwood?

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • The bearer of this gift is entitled to claim any boon from Isabella.

    Gomez Arias

    Joaqun Telesforo de Trueba y Coso


British Dictionary definitions for boon

boon

1
noun
  1. something extremely useful, helpful, or beneficial; a blessing or benefitthe car was a boon to him
  2. archaic a favour; requesthe asked a boon of the king
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Word Origin for boon

C12: from Old Norse bōn request; related to Old English bēn prayer

boon

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adjective
  1. close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
  2. archaic jolly or convivial
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Word Origin for boon

C14: from Old French bon from Latin bonus good
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Word Origin and History for boon

n.

late 12c., bone "petition," from Old Norse bon "a petition, prayer," from Proto-Germanic *boniz (cf. Old English ben "prayer, petition," bannan "to summon;" see ban).

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adj.

in boon companion (1560s), only real survival of Middle English boon "good" (early 14c.), from Old French bon (see bon).

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