[ gur-dn ]
/ ˈgɜr dn /


a reward, recompense, or requital.

verb (used with object)

to give a guerdon to; reward.

Origin of guerdon

1325–75; Middle English < Old French, variant of werdoun < Medieval Latin widerdonum, alteration (probably by association with Latin dōnum gift) of Old High German widarlōn, equivalent to widar again, back + lōn reward; cognate with Old English witherlēan

Related forms

guer·don·er, nounguer·don·less, adjectiveun·guer·doned, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for guerdon


/ (ˈɡɜːdən) poetic /


a reward or payment


(tr) to give a guerdon to

Derived Forms

guerdoner, noun

Word Origin for guerdon

C14: from Old French gueredon, of Germanic origin; compare Old High German widarlōn, Old English witherlēan; final element influenced by Latin dōnum gift
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