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  1. (italbrac, now literary) A reward, prize or recompense for a service; an accolade.
  • Late C14: My gerdon is but bresting of myn herte. " Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Franklin's Tale", Canterbury Tales
  • 1819, "That will I do blithely," replied the Pilgrim, "and without ; my oath, for a time, prohibits me from touching gold." " Walter Scott, Ivanhoe
  • verb 
    1. (transitive) To give such a reward to.
    Etymology: From Old French Old French, guerdon, from Proto-Romance and mediaeval Latin widerdonum, from West Germanic ( > Old English wiíerlean, wiíerlÄan), literally "again-payment", with the second element assimilated to Latin donum "gift".

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