Complete Definition of "boon"

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English

Etymology 1
From Middle English, originally meaning prayer, from Old Norse bon|bÏn (Swedish bön), from Germanic. Influenced by French bon, Latin bonus âgoodâ.

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Pronunciation
IPA|/buËn/
:Rhymes: Rhymes:English:-uËn|-uËn

Noun
en-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

  1. archaic that which is asked or granted as a benefit or favor; a gift; a benefaction; a grant; a present
  2. obsolete a prayer or petition

Quotations
For which to God he made so many an idle boon — Spenser
Every good gift and every perfect boon is from above — James I. 17

Etymology 2
From French bon meaning good

Adjective
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  1. obsolete 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

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