- 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
Examples from the Web for medalled
Historical Examples of medalled
As the brougham halted at its portals an old and medalled man rushed forth, touched his cap, and assisted Edward Henry to alight.The Regent
E. Arnold Bennett
Still, however, he maintains a supremacy over six or seven medalled rivals, in despite of the intrigues of the traders.Early Western Travels 1748-1846, Volume XIV
- 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
Word Origin and History for medalled
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.