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

1125–75; Middle English bone < Old Norse bōn prayer; cognate with Old English bēn

boonless, adjective Unabridged


3 [boon]
noun Textiles.
the ligneous waste product obtained by braking and scutching flax.
Also called shive, shove.

1350–1400; Middle English (north) bone; compare Old English bune reed Unabridged
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boon1 (buːn)
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
[C12: from Old Norse bōn request; related to Old English bēn prayer]

boon2 (buːn)
1.  close, special, or intimate (in the phrase boon companion)
2.  archaic jolly or convivial
[C14: from Old French bon from Latin bonus good]

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Word Origin & History

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).

in boon companion (1560s), only real survival of M.E. boon "good" (early 14c.), from O.Fr. bon (see bon).
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Example sentences
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.
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