- 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
Related Words for medalreward, gold, wreath, medallion, laurel, badge, commemoration, ribbon, hardware
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Contemporary Examples of medal
Alberto Barbera, director of the Venice Film Festival, took the stage, flanked by a woman holding a trophy and a medal.James Franco Shot His New Movie at the Venice Film Festival and I Was in It
September 5, 2014
Medal of Honor was rebooted back in 2010, but failed to stand out as a serious competitor to Call of Duty.Video Games Go Wild for Reboots
July 6, 2014
And Ralph Lauren received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal.Annie Leibovitz Bailed on Kimye Wedding; Chloe Sevigny Hates Modeling
The Fashion Beast Team
June 18, 2014
So how can good, Christian Americans avoid supporting this Medal of Freedom winner?Fringe Factor: Keep Harvey Milk Off Our Mail!
June 1, 2014
DM: I still think Will Swenson deserves the medal and I think that he acted courageously that day.What Comes After the Medal of Honor: An Interview with Dakota Meyer
Brian Van Reet
May 4, 2014
Historical Examples of medal
He received the medal and clasp, Khedive's star and the 3rd class of the Medjidie.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
I say, I shall have a fine show at the Salon, perhaps get a medal.'His Masterpiece
"And we won't get a medal, either," Stan remarked as he matched O'Malley's grin.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
You mustn't think that I forget for a moment the reverse of the medal.The Market-Place
Verona, to do her honor, had a medal struck bearing her portrait.Italy, the Magic Land
- 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 for medal
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.