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  1. a person to whom a medal has been awarded.
  2. (in a golf tournament) the player having the lowest score in a qualifying round scored by strokes.
  3. a designer, engraver, or maker of medals.
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Also especially British, med·al·list.

Origin of medalist

1965–70; < French médailliste < Italian medaglista. See medal, -ist
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Examples from the Web for medallist

Historical Examples of medallist

  • One, a Crimean medallist, a defender of Kars, was down with fever badly.


    E. F. Knight

  • The final outcome of stiacciato is the art of the medallist.


    David Lindsay, Earl of Crawford

  • But remembering the medallist of the year before, Razumov, the young man of no parentage, was sobered.

    Under Western Eyes

    Joseph Conrad

  • Tired of the sea, for awhile he obtained employment with a medallist, where his skill as an engraver stood him in good stead.

  • Mantegna's own genius has inspired this masterpiece, which tradition assigns to the medallist Sperando Maglioli.

British Dictionary definitions for medallist


US medalist

  1. a designer, maker, or collector of medals
  2. mainly sport a winner or recipient of a medal or medals
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Word Origin and History for medallist



1680s, "one skilled in medals," from medal (n.) + -ist. Meaning "medal-maker" is from 1756; that of "recipient of a medal" is from 1797.

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