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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [gur-dn]
    • /ˈgɜr dn/
    • /ˈgɜː.dən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [gur-dn]
    • /ˈgɜr dn/

Definitions of guerdon word

  • noun guerdon a reward, recompense, or requital. 1
  • verb with object guerdon to give a guerdon to; reward. 1
  • noun guerdon a reward or payment 0
  • verb guerdon to give a guerdon to 0
  • noun guerdon a reward; recompense 0
  • verb transitive guerdon to reward 0

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Origin of guerdon

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Guerdon


guerdon popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 73% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
According to our data about 52% of words is more used. This is a rare but used term. It occurs in the pages of specialized literature and in the speech of educated people.

guerdon usage trend in Literature

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Synonyms for guerdon

noun guerdon

  • claim — If you say that someone claims that something is true, you mean they say that it is true but you are not sure whether or not they are telling the truth.
  • right — in accordance with what is good, proper, or just: right conduct.
  • reprisal — (in warfare) retaliation against an enemy, for injuries received, by the infliction of equal or greater injuries.
  • rate — the amount of a charge or payment with reference to some basis of calculation: a high rate of interest on loans.
  • need — a requirement, necessary duty, or obligation: There is no need for you to go there.

verb guerdon

  • make good — morally excellent; virtuous; righteous; pious: a good man.
  • compensate — To compensate someone for money or things that they have lost means to pay them money or give them something to replace that money or those things.
  • spring for — to rise, leap, move, or act suddenly and swiftly, as by a sudden dart or thrust forward or outward, or being suddenly released from a coiled or constrained position: to spring into the air; a tiger about to spring.
  • pony up — a small horse of any of several breeds, usually not higher at the shoulder than 14½ hands (58 in./146 cm).
  • pay off — to settle (a debt, obligation, etc.), as by transferring money or goods, or by doing something: Please pay your bill.

Antonyms for guerdon

noun guerdon

  • disadvantage — absence or deprivation of advantage or equality.
  • forgiveness — act of forgiving; state of being forgiven.
  • pardon — kind indulgence, as in forgiveness of an offense or discourtesy or in tolerance of a distraction or inconvenience: I beg your pardon, but which way is Spruce Street?
  • penalty — a punishment imposed or incurred for a violation of law or rule.
  • sympathy — harmony of or agreement in feeling, as between persons or on the part of one person with respect to another.

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