American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A reward; recompense.
- v. To reward.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. now literary A reward, prize or recompense for a service; an accolade.
- v. transitive To give such a reward to.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A reward; requital; recompense; -- used in both a good and a bad sense.
- v. rare To give guerdon to; to reward; to be a recompense for.
- n. a reward or payment
- 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"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French, from Medieval Latin widerdōnum, alteration (influenced by Latin dōnum, gift) of Old High German widarlōn : widar, back, against; see wi- in Indo-European roots + lōn, reward. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The gods were wroth at so presumptuous an offer, but when they would have indignantly driven the stranger from their presence, Loki urged them to make a bargain which it would be impossible for the stranger to keep, and so they finally told the architect that the guerdon should be his, provided the fortress were finished in the course of a single winter, and that he accomplished the work with no other assistance than that of his horse Svadilfare.”
“The 13-year-old boy aced "guerdon" to win the 81st edition of the bee, held in the nation's capital.”
““Then dirt and weather-beat shall be your guerdon of honour,””
“Thanks to the school of scientific philosophers he favored, he knew the biological significance of love; but by a refined process of the same scientific reasoning he reached the conclusion that the human organism achieved its highest purpose in love, that love must not be questioned, but must be accepted as the highest guerdon of life.”
“The winning words in recent competitions have included: pococurante; autochthonous; appoggiatura; ursprache; serrefine; guerdon; Laodicean.”
“Lors des championnats les plus récents, les mots qui ont permis aux gagnants de remporter la victoire ont été pococurante, autochthonous, appoggiatura, ursprache, serrefine, guerdon et Laodicean.”
“Constructing new legislation is always difficult, but I propose a simple starting point for immigration selection: Anyone who can spell guerdon is in!”
“When Sameer Mishra correctly spelled guerdon last May to win the 2008 Scripps National Spelling Bee, he became the sixth Indian-American winner in the past 10 years.”
“People also gathered round this silver-and-nickel-alloy guerdon to meet its guardian: Mike Bolt.”
“Thus the Count and Countess had an opportunity to estimate the happiness and the felicity reserved for those slaves, whom the Omnipotent Jupiter, in the plenitude of compassion for their state, and in guerdon of their good morals, had dedicated to the service of a philosopher.”
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