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noun Archaic.
  1. a reward or recompense.
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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
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Related Words for meed

part, quota, sector, chunk, any, share, section, factor, component, detail, element, member, item, lot, measure, piece, segment, side, unit, salary

Examples from the Web for meed

Historical Examples of meed

  • All the meed of the tomb, all the solace of sepulture, I give freely.

    The Aeneid of Virgil


  • 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


  1. archaic a recompense; reward
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Word Origin for meed

Old English: wages; compare Old High German mēta pay
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