- a reward, recompense, or requital.
- to give a guerdon to; reward.
Origin of guerdon
Examples from the Web for guerdon
He came either to bring me aid or to seek mine, with vengeance for his guerdon.The Shame of Motley
Our guerdon is shame in this world and condign punishment in the next.The Life of Cesare Borgia
Is it for some vow of chivalry, or for that which is the guerdon of chivalry?'Two Penniless Princesses
Charlotte M. Yonge
For this guerdon men have fought; for this they have even gladly died.
But if there is honour for failure what shall be the guerdon of success?What Is and What Might Be
- a reward or payment
- (tr) to give a guerdon to
Word Origin and History for guerdon
"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.