- 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
Fr médaille < It medaglia < VL *medalia, a small coin < *medialia < LL medialis, medial
transitive verb medaled or medalled, medaling or medalling
Rare to honor with a medal