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  1. something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
  2. something that is asked; a favor sought.
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Origin of boon1

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


  1. jolly; jovial; convivial: boon companions.
  2. Archaic. kindly; gracious; bounteous.
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Origin of boon2

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


noun Textiles.
  1. the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
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Origin of boon3

1350–1400; Middle English (north) bone; compare Old English bune reed
Also called shive, shove.
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  • 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


  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

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


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

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


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

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