The definition of merit is an excellent achievement, honor, value or quality that is deserving of approval.(noun)
An example of merit is someone receiving an award for their charity work.
See merit in Webster's New World College Dictionary
Origin: OFr merite < L meritum < meritus, pp. of merere, to deserve, earn, akin to mereri, to serve for hire < IE base *(s)mer-, to remember, care (hence provide for, allot a share to) > mourn, L memor, mora, Gr meros, a part, moira, lot, fate
See merit in American Heritage Dictionary 4
Origin: Middle English
Origin: , from Old French merite, reward or punishment
Origin: , from Latin meritum
Origin: , from
Origin: neuter past participle of merēre, to deserve; see (s)mer-2 in Indo-European roots.
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