- 1 [usually in singular] A thing that is helpful or beneficial: the navigation system will be a boon to both civilian and military usersMore example sentences
- The evolution of sophisticated chargeback programs has been a boon to facility and real estate executives.
- As a side benefit I am sure the bridge will also be a boon to fishermen and will be lined every night with salmon poachers slinging their hooks into the racing tide.
- Yet, amazingly, instead of being hailed as a boon to public safety… it was criticized as a threat to privacy.
- 2 • archaic A favor or request: may I have the inestimable boon of a few minutes' conversation?More example sentences
- One night, as Charumathi slept, Goddess Mahalakshmi appeared in her dreams and asked her to perform a puja to Varalakshmi, the goddess who granted boons.
- The statue of the goddess in the sanctum was small and was heavily garlanded with bells and gold borders - offerings made to the goddess for boons granted.
- He has long been deafened by amplified hymns in his temple, leaving no scope for boons and prayers.
Middle English (originally in the sense 'request for a favor'): from Old Norse bón.
- (Of a companion or friend) close; intimate; favorite: he debated the question with a few boon companions in the barroomMore example sentences
- Thus equipped he again went abroad, and meeting with one Charles Tucker, a boon companion, laid in wait for the officers above named.
- ‘I hope youll come,’ she says to Mr Cuddles, her boon companion.
- There is the fact he is sinfully handsome, of a superior title, boon friend of the young Queen Victoria and rich.
mid 16th century: boon from Old French bon, from Latin bonus 'good'. The early literal sense was 'good fellow', originally denoting a drinking companion.