Medal definition

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To win a medal, as in a sports contest.
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To award a medal to.
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A similar piece of metal with a religious figure or design, worn or carried as an aid to piety.
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(rare) To honor with a medal.
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A stamped metal disc used as a personal ornament, a charm, or a religious object.
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A stamped or cast metal object (usually a disc), particularly one awarded as a prize or reward.
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(sports, very colloquial) To win a medal.

"He medalled twice at the Olympics"

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A flat piece of metal stamped with a design or an inscription commemorating an event or a person, often given as an award.
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A piece of metal stamped with a religious device, used as an object of veneration or commemoration.
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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.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
medal
Plural:
medals

Origin of medal

  • French 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 medial

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from Late Latin medalia (“half a denarius").

    From Wiktionary