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Dictionary Definition

boon adj : very close and convivial; "boon companions" n : a desirable state; "enjoy the blessings of peace"; "a spanking breeze is a boon to sailors" [syn: blessing]

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English

Etymology 1

From Middle English, originally meaning prayer, from Old Norse bόn (Swedish bön), from Germanic. Influenced by French bon, Latin bonus ‘good’.

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. a blessing or benefit
    Finding the dry cave was a boon to the weary travellers.
    Anaesthetics are a great boon to modern surgery.
  2. that which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a benefaction; a grant; a present
    • Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above — James I. 17
  3. a prayer or petition
Quotations
  • For which to God he made so many an idle boon — Spenser

Etymology 2

From French bon meaning good

Adjective

  1. good; prosperous; as, "boon voyage"
  2. kind; bountiful; benign
  3. gay; merry; jovial; convivial
    He was a boon companion to have around
Quotations
  • Which ... Nature boon Poured forth profuse on hill, and dale, and plain — Milton
  • A boon companion, loving his bottle — Arbuthnot

Extensive Definition

Boon is an archaic English word meaning a prayer or a request, most commonly preserved in the phrase to grant a boon. Boon is also a common Chinese name derived from the Chinese Character 'Wen', meaning honest and kind. It is a name most commonly found in Hokkien Families, and Chinese from South China.
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See also

boon in German: Boon
boon in French: Boon
boon in Polish: Boon

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

advantage, avail, award, behalf, behoof, benediction, benefaction, benefit, benevolence, benison, blessing, blithe, blithesome, compliment, convivial, favor, festive, free and easy, gain, gay, gift, gleeful, godsend, good, grace, gratuity, hail-fellow-well-met, hearty, interest, jocund, jolly, jovial, largess, loaves and fishes, manna, manna from heaven, mirthful, present, profit, reward, welfare, well-being, world of good
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