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medallion

[muh-dal-yuh n] /məˈdæl yən/
noun
1.
a large medal.
2.
anything resembling a medal in form, used as an ornament, in a design, etc.
3.
a permit issued by a governmental agency to operate a taxicab, usually represented by a small metal identification disk displayed on the taxi.
4.
Architecture.
  1. a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
  2. a member in a decorative design resembling a panel.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < French médaillon < Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia medal
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British Dictionary definitions for medal lion

medallion

/mɪˈdæljən/
noun
1.
a large medal
2.
an oval or circular decorative device resembling a medal, usually bearing a portrait or relief moulding, used in architecture and textile design
Word Origin
C17: from French, from Italian medaglione, from medagliamedal
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Word Origin and History for medal lion

medallion

n.

1650s, from French médaillon (17c.), from Italian medaglione "large medal," augmentative of medaglia (see medal).

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