late 14c., "decision after consideration," from Anglo-French award, Old French esgard, from esgarder (see award (v.)). Meaning "something awarded" is first attested 1590s.
late 14c., "decide after careful observation," from Anglo-French awarder, from Old North French eswarder (Old French esgarder) "decide, judge, give one's opinion" (after careful consideration), from es- "out" (see ex-) + warder "to watch," a word from Germanic (see ward (n.)). Related: Awarded; awarding.
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