medalist

[ med-l-ist ]
/ ˈmɛd l ɪst /

noun

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

Origin of medalist

1965–70; < French médailliste < Italian medaglista. See medal, -ist
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for medalist

Word Origin and History for medalist

medalist


n.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper