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guerdon

[gur-dn] /ˈgɜr dn/
noun
1.
a reward, recompense, or requital.
verb (used with object)
2.
to give a guerdon to; reward.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English < Old French, variant of werdoun < Medieval Latin widerdonum, alteration (probably by association with Latin dōnum gift) of Old High German widarlōn, equivalent to widar again, back + lōn reward; cognate with Old English witherlēan
Related forms
guerdoner, noun
guerdonless, adjective
unguerdoned, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for guerdonless

guerdon

/ˈɡɜːdən/
noun
1.
a reward or payment
verb
2.
(transitive) to give a guerdon to
Derived Forms
guerdoner, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gueredon, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German widarlōn, Old English witherlēan; final element influenced by Latin dōnum gift
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Word Origin and History for guerdonless

guerdon

n.

"reward, recompense" (now only poetic), late 14c., from Old French guerdon, guerredon "reward, recompense, payment," from Medieval Latin widerdonum, from Old High German widarlon "recompense;" cf. Old English wiðerlean "requital, compensation," from wiðer "again" (see with) + lean "payment." Form influenced in Medieval Latin by Latin donum "gift." Cf. Spanish galardon, Italian guiderone.

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