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Monday, November 24, 2008

Definitions for guerdon

  1. a reward
  2. to reward, pay back

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Citations for guerdon
How could anyone look at the happiness of the Beverley sisters, dolled up for the palace, and propose to snatch their prize away? Why be so cruel, when they have sung so lustily and for so long, and so well deserved their tinny guerdon? Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
The appalling realization that he has labored for a whole year, only to have the guerdon thus rudely snatched away, is almost too much for Hutch. J.T.M., New York Times
Origin of guerdon
1325-1375
by 1366, "reward, recompense" (now only poetic), from Old French guerdon, from Middle Latin widerdonum, from Old High German widarlon and influenced in Middle Latin by Latin donum "gift"