- a small, flat piece of metal with a design or inscription stamped or inscribed on it, made to commemorate some event, or awarded for some distinguished action, merit, etc.
- a similar piece of metal with a religious figure or design, worn or carried as an aid to piety
Origin of medalFrench médaille ; from Italian medaglia ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form medalia, a small coin ; from an unverified form medialia ; from Late Latin medialis, medial
- A flat piece of metal stamped with a design or an inscription commemorating an event or a person, often given as an award.
- A piece of metal stamped with a religious device, used as an object of veneration or commemoration.
verbmed·aled, med·al·ing, med·als also med·alled or med·al·ling Informal
Origin of medalFrench médaille, from Old French, from Italian medaglia, coin worth half a denarius, medal, from Vulgar Latin *med&amacron;lia, coins worth half a denarius, from Late Latin medi&amacron;lia, little halves, from neuter pl. of medi&amacron;lis, of the middle, medial; see medial.
(third-person singular simple present medals, present participle medaling or medalling, simple past and past participle medaled or medalled)
- (sports, very colloquial) To win a medal.
- "He medalled twice at the Olympics"
From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from Late Latin medalia (“half a denarius").