Definition of medal in English:


Syllabification: med·al
Pronunciation: /ˈmedl


A metal disk with an inscription or design, made to commemorate an event or awarded as a distinction to someone such as a soldier, athlete, or scholar.
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  • Pope John Paul II has awarded a medal of distinction to a Sutton woman who has given her life to the service of the church, the young and the needy.
  • The show garden section has been expanded, and the event awarded its own medals for the first time this year.
  • This week her work was recognised when she was awarded the prestigious medal of the Order of Mercy from the League of Mercy.
decoration, ribbon, star, badge, laurel, palm, award;

verb (medals, medaling, medaled; also chiefly British medals, medalling, medalled)

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1 [no object] Earn a medal, especially in an athletic contest: Norwegian athletes medaled in 12 of the 14 events
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  • Holland have only medalled three times at the world outdoor championships.
  • The three people who made the team are very good athletes and they all are capable of medalling for us in Athens.
1.1 [with object] (often as adjective medaled) Decorate or honour with a medal: the most medaled swimmer in Olympics history


late 16th century: from French médaille, from Italian medaglia, from medieval Latin medalia 'half a denarius', from Latin medialis 'medial'.



Pronunciation: /məˈdalik/
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  • The Sloane model seems to be intimately connected with a rare medal of Doria, which has been described as ‘perhaps the most beautiful’ of all his medallic portraits.
  • A member of our own Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment received medallic recognition of his acts of bravery in saving members of his own platoon.
  • The Thomason Medallic Bible is a set of sixty medals struck in 1830 that captures the essence of the entire Holy Bible in medallic art.

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