Definition of medallion in English:

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Pronunciation: /mɪˈdaljən/


1A piece of jewellery in the shape of a medal, worn as a pendant.
Example sentences
  • There was a medallion with the shape of dragon wings around her neck.
  • Absently, he felt the chain necklace and the medallion against his chest grow colder than ice.
  • Some are laden with gold medallions or sport diamond earrings.
1.1An oval or circular painting, panel, or design used to decorate a building or textile.
Example sentences
  • This spatial richness was supported by the increasing complexity of the decorative scheme, with the frieze above the first floor decorated with medallions beneath an attic storey supported on caryatids.
  • Most obviously, its four ends now carry panels or medallions large enough to frame their own independent images.
  • The basic design consists of four medallions grouped around a central motif.
1.2 another term for médaillon.
Example sentences
  • I had chosen a steak plus a pork medallion and the meat arrived exactly as ordered.
  • Dishes range from snacks to full meals such as fillet of beef medallions on rosti potato with rosemary sauce.
  • I had the Turkey Tenderloins, turkey medallions wrapped in bacon and grilled.


Mid 17th century: from French médaillon, from Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia (see medal).

Words that rhyme with medallion

battalion, galleon, rapscallion, scallion

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