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Thursday, November 24, 2016

Definitions for boon

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

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Citations for boon
A place where we could get a dinner such as you served yesterday would be a boon to us. L. M. Montgomery, "The Genesis of the Doughnut Club," The Epworth Herald, November 23, 1907
… I accustom myself to receive each visitation of joy as a boon--not as a right or even a thing to be expected … Patrick Branwell Brontë (1817–1848), "And the Weary Are at Rest," The Works of Patrick Branwell Brontë, 1999
Origin of boon
Boon can be traced from Middle English to the Old Norse noun bón "prayer, petition." The senses gradually developed from "prayer of petition, favor requested" to "answered prayer, granted favor" to "gift, benefit received."