Origin of guerdonMiddle English guerdoun ; from Old French gueredon, altered (after Classical Latin donum, gift) ; from Frankish and amp; Old High German widarlōn ; from Old High German widar, back, counter + lōn, reward ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lāu-, to capture from source Classical Latin lucrum, riches
transitive verbguer·doned, guer·don·ing, guer·dons
Origin of guerdonMiddle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin widerdōnum, alteration (influenced by Latin dōnum, gift) of Old High German widarlōn : widar, back, against; see wi- in Indo-European roots + lōn, reward; see lau- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present guerdons, present participle guerdoning, simple past and past participle guerdoned)
- To give such a reward to.
From Old French guerdon, from Medieval Latin widerdonum, from West Germanic (whence Old English wiþerlēan), literally ‘again-payment’, with the second element assimilated to Latin donum (“gift”).