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medal

[ med-l ]
/ 藞m蓻d l /
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noun
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.
verb (used with object), med路aled, med路al路ing or (especially British) med路alled, med路al路ling.
to decorate or honor with a medal.
verb (used without object), med路aled, med路al路ing or (especially British) med路alled, med路al路ling.
to receive a medal, especially in a sporting event: He medaled in three of four races.
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Origin of medal

1580鈥90; earlier medaille<Middle French <Italian medaglia copper coin worth a halfpenny <Vulgar Latin *medalia, variant (by dissimilation) of Late Latin medi膩lia, noun use of neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of medi膩lismedial

OTHER WORDS FROM medal

un路med路aled, adjectiveun路med路alled, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH medal

medal , meddle, metal, mettle
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British Dictionary definitions for medal

medal
/ (藞m蓻dl) /

noun
a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc
verb -als, -alling or -alled or US -als, -aling or -aled
(tr) to honour with a medal
(intr) informal (in sport) to win a medal

Derived forms of medal

medallic (m瑟藞d忙l瑟k), adjective

Word Origin for medal

C16: from French m茅daille, probably from Italian medaglia, ultimately from Latin metallum metal
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