Guerdon definition

gûrdn
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A reward; recompense.
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A reward; recompense.
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To reward.
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To reward.
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(now literary) A reward, prize or recompense for a service; an accolade.
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To give such a reward to.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
guerdon
Plural:
guerdons

Origin of guerdon

  • Middle English from Old French from Medieval Latin widerdōnum alteration (influenced by Latin dōnum gift) of Old High German widarlōn widar back, against wi- in Indo-European roots lōn reward lau- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary