Word of The Day for Sunday, March 27, 2011


war•i•son (WAR-uh-suhn)  n

1. reward; guerdon; requital
2. (erroneously) a war cry played to order the soldiers to attack, normally played on a bugle
3. preparation; protection; provision; supply
4. healing

1805;  from Anglo-French warison  "defense, possessions", Old French garison; in the sense of a bugle call to assault, Walter Scott's misinterpretation of now obsolete waryson  "reward, wealth, possessions"

Sentence Examples:
•    Wherefore shoot, archers, for my sake,
     And let sharp arrows flee;
     Minstrels, play up for your warison,
     And well quit it shall be.
-The Book of Old English Ballads, George Wharton Edwards

• He made a cry throughout all the town,
    Whether he be yeoman or knave,
  That could bring him Robin Hood,
    His warison he should have.
-Ballads of Robin Hood and other Outlaws, Frank Sidgwick

•    Having wound up with this sublime comparison,
       Methinks we may proceed upon our narrative,
     And, as my friend Scott says, 'I sound my warison;'
       Scott, the superlative of my comparative—
     Scott, who can paint your Christian knight or Saracen,
       Serf, lord, man, with such skill as none would share it, if
     There had not been one Shakspeare and Voltaire,
     Of one or both of whom he seems the heir.
-Don Juan, by Lord Byron

Sources: Wordnik, Dictionary.com

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