Still, however, he maintains a supremacy over six or seven medalled rivals, in despite of the intrigues of the traders.
As the brougham halted at its portals an old and medalled man rushed forth, touched his cap, and assisted Edward Henry to alight.
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.
To win a medal: Flo-Jo medaled in the 100meter (1980s+ Sports)