Medal for Merit[mĕdˈəl]
Webster's New World College Dictionary Copyright © 2010 by Wiley Publishing, Inc., Cleveland, Ohio.
a U.S. military decoration awarded civilians for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
A decoration awarded by the United States to civilians for outstanding service in peace or war.