from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A reward; recompense.
- transitive v. To reward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A reward, prize or recompense for a service; an accolade.
- v. To give such a reward to.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A reward; requital; recompense; -- used in both a good and a bad sense.
- transitive v. To give guerdon to; to reward; to be a recompense for.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A reward; requital; recompense.
- To give a guerdon to; reward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a reward or payment
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)
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)