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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for meed

Historical Examples of meed

  • 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.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for meed



archaic a recompense; reward

Word Origin for meed

Old English: wages; compare Old High German mēta pay
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