- a large medal.
- anything resembling a medal in form, used as an ornament, in a design, etc.
- a permit issued by a governmental agency to operate a taxicab, usually represented by a small metal identification disk displayed on the taxi.
- a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
- a member in a decorative design resembling a panel.
Origin of medallion
1650–60; < French médaillon < Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia medal
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Examples from the Web for medallion
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Ten years ago Jay-Z could not have worn his medallion even on a visit to prison, let alone inside of one.Word Is Bond: An Ex-Con Explains the 5 Percenters
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One wears a medallion around his neck with instructions on how to freeze his head cryogenically in the event of his death.It’s the End of the World but We’ll Be Fine
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There was a medallion in the centre, with a figure in high relief.Pagan and Christian Rome
Before he could recover balance Shann had stamped on the medallion.Storm Over Warlock
On the left is a medallion of a satyr and nymph; the opposite medallion is destroyed.Museum of Antiquity
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We have now to return to the medallion which forms the centre of the cup.
Then follows a medallion, where the workmanship is of singular delicacy.
- a large medal
- an oval or circular decorative device resembling a medal, usually bearing a portrait or relief moulding, used in architecture and textile design
C17: from French, from Italian medaglione, from medaglia medal
Word Origin and History for medallion
1650s, from French médaillon (17c.), from Italian medaglione "large medal," augmentative of medaglia (see medal).
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper