Share this entry

Share this page

Dickin medal

Syllabification: Dic·kin med·al
Pronunciation: /ˌdikin ˈmedl
 
/

Definition of Dickin medal in English:

noun

trademark
(In the UK) a medal awarded to an animal in recognition of an act of great bravery, typically one performed during a time of military conflict by an animal attached to the armed forces: the six-year-old English springer spaniel received the Dickin Medal for ‘outstanding gallantry’ last year
More example sentences
  • Brian's Dickin Medal, the animal equivalent of the VC, will go up for auction in London next September.
  • The mongrel, called Rip, was awarded a Dickin Medal in 1945 after sniffing out dozens of air raid victims during the blitz.
  • "Liam got his mention in dispatches, so it's lovely that Theo is getting his PDSA Dickin Medal and he's being recognised for his bravery as well."

Origin

1940s: named after Maria Dickin, the founder of the veterinary charity PDSA (People's Dispensary for Sick Animals), who instituted the award.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day orthoepy
Pronunciation: ôrˈTHōəpē
noun
the correct or accepted pronunciation of words