- 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
transitive verb-·aled or -·alled, -·al·ing or -·al·ling
- 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 med·al·ling Informal
Origin of medalFrench médaille from Old French from Italian medaglia coin worth half a denarius, medal from Vulgar Latin medālia coins worth half a denarius from Late Latin mediālia little halves from neuter pl. of mediālis 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").