[ muh-dal-yuh n ]
/ məˈdæl yən /


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.
  1. a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
  2. a member in a decorative design resembling a panel.

Nearby words

  1. medal of honor,
  2. medal play,
  3. medalet,
  4. medalist,
  5. medallic,
  6. medallist,
  7. medan,
  8. medawar,
  9. meddle,
  10. meddler

Origin of medallion

1650–60; < French médaillon < Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia medal Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for medallion


/ (mɪˈdæljən) /


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

Word Origin for medallion

C17: from French, from Italian medaglione, from medaglia medal

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Word Origin and History for medallion



1650s, from French médaillon (17c.), from Italian medaglione "large medal," augmentative of medaglia (see medal).

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