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  1. a person to whom a medal has been awarded.
  2. (in a golf tournament) the player having the lowest score in a qualifying round scored by strokes.
  3. a designer, engraver, or maker of medals.
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Also especially British, med·al·list.

Origin of medalist

1965–70; < French médailliste < Italian medaglista. See medal, -ist
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Word Origin and History for medalist


1680s, "one skilled in medals," from medal (n.) + -ist. Meaning "medal-maker" is from 1756; that of "recipient of a medal" is from 1797.

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