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[meed] /mid/
noun, Archaic.
a reward or recompense.
Origin of meed
before 900; Middle English mede, Old English mēd; cognate with German Miete hire; akin to Old English meord, Gothic mizdō, Greek misthós reward Unabridged
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  • All the meed of the tomb, all the solace of sepulture, I give freely.

  • They all worshiped Rosamund; and, truth to tell, Rosamund could not but enjoy her meed of popularity.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • Ah, why begrudge the marquis his meed of admiration, if he likes it?

  • Father Hickey had suffered the meed of his inhospitable conduct.

    The Miraculous Revenge Bernard Shaw
  • I paid to Max's bracelet and the arm which wore it the meed of looks, not of words.

    The King's Mirror Anthony Hope
  • It was no part of his practice to like or dislike his employers, so long as they paid him his meed.

    The God of Love Justin Huntly McCarthy
  • Her girlhood had been blighted, robbed of its meed of happiness and joy.

  • She had heard him spoken of, and always with a meed of affection that is given to few men.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • These were first-fruits of liberty, and the meed and reward of Liberals.

    Lectures on the French Revolution John Emerich Edward Dalberg-Acton
  • Still they denied her no meed her rare charms might properly claim.

    The Last of the Mohicans James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for meed


(archaic) a recompense; reward
Word Origin
Old English: wages; compare Old High German mēta pay
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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