medallion

[ muh-dal-yuh n ]
/ məˈdæl yən /

noun

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.
Architecture.
  1. a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
  2. 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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medallion

/ (mɪˈdæljən) /

noun

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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