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From Middle English awarden, from Anglo-Norman awarder, from Medieval Latin *exwardare, from Latin ex (out) + Medieval Latin wardare, guardare (to observe, regard, guard); see ward, guard, regard.



award (plural awards)

  1. (law) A judgment, sentence, or final decision. Specifically: The decision of arbitrators in a case submitted.
  2. (law) The paper containing the decision of arbitrators; that which is warded.
  3. A trophy or medal; something that denotes an accomplishment, especially in a competition. A prize or honor based on merit.
  4. (Australia, NZ, industrial relations) A negotiated minimum wage that is set for a particular trade or industry; an industrial award.
    • 1970, Kenneth Frederick Walker, Australian Industrial Relations Systems[1], page 242:
      The AMIEU[Australian Meat Industry Employees Union] first developed into a powerful organisation in the early years of the twentieth century, and after the first industry-wide collective agreement was made in 1911, collective bargaining prevailed in the industry until 1917, when the employers sought an award from the Queensland Industrial Court. The first award was issued on March 12, 1918.
    • 2000, Mark Wooden, The Transformation of Australian Industrial Relations[2], page 42:
      A further 17 per cent responded that the agreement replaced ‘most’ aspects of the award, leaving the large majority (67 per cent) claiming that the agreement replaced only ‘some’ aspects of the award.
    • 2007, Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007 Year book, Australia[3], page 182:
      Employees whose pay is set by ‘award only’ are those who have their pay set by an award, and who are not paid more than the award rate of pay.

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award (third-person singular simple present awards, present participle awarding, simple past and past participle awarded)

  1. (intransitive) To determine; to make or grant an award.
  2. (transitive) To give (an award).
    Synonym: bestow
    Four or five of these medals are awarded every year.
  3. (transitive) To give (a person) an award.
    He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
  4. (transitive, law) To give by sentence or judicial determination; to assign or apportion, after careful regard to the nature of the case; to adjudge
    the arbitrators awarded damages to the complainant
    • 1697, “(please specify the book number)”, in Virgil; John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], OCLC 403869432:
      To review / The wrongful sentence, and award a new.


  • (make or grant an award): crown

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