Origin: 1325–75;Middle English < Old French, variant of werdoun < Medieval Latinwiderdonum, alteration (probably by association with Latindōnum gift) of Old High Germanwidarlōn, equivalent to widar again, back + lōn reward; cognate with Old Englishwitherlēan
"reward, recompense" (now only poetic), mid-14c., from O.Fr. guerdon, from M.L. widerdonum, from O.H.G. widarlon; c.f. O.E. wiðerlean, from wiðer "again" (see with) + lean "payment." Form influenced in M.L. by L. donum "gift."