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boon1

[boon] /bun/
noun
1.
something to be thankful for; blessing; benefit.
2.
something that is asked; a favor sought.
Origin
1125-1175
1125-75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn
Related forms
boonless, adjective

boon3

[boon] /bun/
noun, Textiles.
1.
the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
Also called shive, shove.
Origin
1350-1400; Middle English (north) bone; compare Old English bune reed
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Examples for boons
  • In theory these guarantee them education, health, food and many other boons.
  • Set against this are some less tangible but still worthwhile boons.
  • Those dearer, more divine boons whose haven the heart is.
  • As you travel you may encounter any number of hazards or boons, including random enemy encounters, treasure or dungeons.
  • One of the biggest boons to the project was putting the advertising in the hands of the community members.
  • Industries affected by the cap get a couple of boons.
  • It's likely that other invasive insects have also flourished thanks to similar boons.
  • It argues convincingly that there's real revenue to be netted by cracking down on indefensible boons for the top tax brackets.
British Dictionary definitions for boons

boon1

/buːn/
noun
1.
something extremely useful, helpful, or beneficial; a blessing or benefit the car was a boon to him
2.
(archaic) a favour; request he asked a boon of the king
Word Origin
C12: from Old Norse bōn request; related to Old English bēn prayer

boon2

/buːn/
adjective
1.
close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
2.
(archaic) jolly or convivial
Word Origin
C14: from Old French bon from Latin bonus good
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Word Origin and History for boons
boon
late 12c., bone "petition," from O.N. bon "a petition, prayer," from P.Gmc. *boniz (cf. O.E. ben "prayer, petition," bannan "to summon;" see ban).
boon
in boon companion (1560s), only real survival of M.E. boon "good" (early 14c.), from O.Fr. bon (see bon).
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