- a flat piece of metal, often a disk but sometimes a cross, star, or other form, usually bearing an inscription or design, issued to commemorate a person, action, or event, or given as a reward for bravery, merit, or the like: a gold medal for the best swimmer.
- a similar object bearing a religious image, as of a saint: a Saint Christopher's medal.
- to decorate or honor with a medal.
- to receive a medal, especially in a sporting event: He medaled in three of four races.
Origin of medal
Examples from the Web for medaling
Medaling in 2007 were the International Panel on Climate Change and Al Gore.Up To A Point: What We Really Need Is a Nobel War Prize
P. J. O’Rourke
October 11, 2014
- a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc
- (tr) to honour with a medal
- (intr) informal (in sport) to win a medal
Word Origin and History for medaling
1580s, from Middle French médaille (15c.), from Italian medaglia "a medal," according to OED from Vulgar Latin *metallea (moneta) "metal (coin)," from Latin metallum (see metal). The other theory [Klein, Barnhart, Watkins] is that medaglia originally meant "coin worth half a denarius," and is from Vulgar Latin *medalia, from Late Latin medialia "little halves," neuter plural of medialis "of the middle" (see medial (adj.)). Originally a trinket or charm; as a reward for merit, proficiency, etc., attested from 1751.
1845, "stamped onto a medal," from medal (n.). From 1857 as "to award (someone or something) a medal;" intransitive sense is 20c. Related: Medaled; medalled; medaling; medalling.