Definition of guerdon in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˈɡəːd(ə)n/
chiefly archaic


A reward or recompense.
Example sentences
  • Rather he returns us to the experience of reading, ‘knowing coldly a need for guerdons, guardians.’
  • The second half is taken up by the literary contest between the robust but somewhat archaic Aeschylus and the more modern but slightly too glib Euripides for the guerdon of resuming life and reluming Athenian patriotic fervor.


[with object]
Give a reward to (someone).


Late Middle English: from Old French, from medieval Latin widerdonum, alteration (by association with Latin donum 'gift') of a West Germanic compound represented by Old High German widarlōn 'repayment'.

Words that rhyme with guerdon


For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: guer|don

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.