from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Deserving reward or praise; having merit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. deserving of merit or commendation; deserving reward
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Possessing merit; deserving of reward or honor; worthy of recompense; valuable.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- That earns money; hireling.
- Deserving of reward; worthy of praise or honor; possessing merit.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. deserving reward or praise
Middle English, from Latin meritōrius, earning money, from meritus, past participle of merēre, to earn; see merit.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English, borrowed between 1375 and 1425 from Latin meritōrius ("earning money"), from meritus, past participle of mereō ("to earn") (Wiktionary)