Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


Borrowed from Anglo-Norman warison, from warir (to protect); equivalent to warysshen +‎ -isoun. Doublet of garisoun.


  • IPA(key): /wariˈzuːn/, /ˈwar(i)zun/, /ˈwar(i)sun/


warisoun (uncountable) (especially Northern)

  1. A monetary transaction; the act of paying for a service:
    1. A stipend; a regular fixed payment.
    2. (rare) Compensation or recompense for wrong.
  2. A reward, recompense; what one deserves.
    • 1485, Sir Thomas Malory, “xxij”, in Le Morte Darthur, book IX:
      whanne sire Tristram was in the see / he said / Grete wel kyng Marke and all myn enemyes / and saye hem I wille come ageyne whan I maye / And wel am I rewarded for the fyghtynge with sire Marhaus [] and wel I am rewarded for [] many other dedes haue I done for hym / and now haue I my waryson
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  3. Wealth, possessions; a treasure (literal or figurative).
  4. Benefit, advantage; the gain accrued from some act.
  5. (rare) Ownership; the state of owning or possessing.
  6. (rare) Security, safety; protection from harm.


  • Middle Scots: warisoun, warisone