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[muh-dal-yuh n] /məˈdæl yən/
a large medal.
anything resembling a medal in form, used as an ornament, in a design, etc.
a permit issued by a governmental agency to operate a taxicab, usually represented by a small metal identification disk displayed on the taxi.
  1. a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
  2. a member in a decorative design resembling a panel.
Origin of medallion
1650-60; < French médaillon < Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia medal Unabridged
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  • There was a medallion in the centre, with a figure in high relief.

    Pagan and Christian Rome Rodolfo Lanciani
  • Before he could recover balance Shann had stamped on the medallion.

    Storm Over Warlock Andre Norton
  • On the left is a medallion of a satyr and nymph; the opposite medallion is destroyed.

    Museum of Antiquity L. W. Yaggy
  • We have now to return to the medallion which forms the centre of the cup.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • Then follows a medallion, where the workmanship is of singular delicacy.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • From the medallion depend by finely wrought chains five objects.

    History of Phoenicia George Rawlinson
  • But Devilshoof having secured the medallion, made off with it.

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British Dictionary definitions for medallion


a large medal
an oval or circular decorative device resembling a medal, usually bearing a portrait or relief moulding, used in architecture and textile design
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian medaglione, from medagliamedal
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for medallion

1650s, from French médaillon (17c.), from Italian medaglione "large medal," augmentative of medaglia (see medal).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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