[muh-dal-yuh n]


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.

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

Related Words for medallion

necklace, emblem, jewelry, medal

Examples from the Web for medallion

Contemporary Examples of medallion

Historical Examples of medallion

  • There was a medallion in the centre, with a figure in high relief.

    Pagan and Christian Rome

    Rodolfo Lanciani

  • Before he could recover balance Shann had stamped on the medallion.

    Storm Over Warlock

    Andre Norton

  • On the left is a medallion of a satyr and nymph; the opposite medallion is destroyed.

  • We have now to return to the medallion which forms the centre of the cup.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

  • Then follows a medallion, where the workmanship is of singular delicacy.

    History of Phoenicia

    George Rawlinson

British Dictionary definitions for medallion



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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