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medallion

[muh-dal-yuhn]
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.
a.
a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
b.
a member in a decorative design resembling a panel.

Origin:
1650–60; < French médaillon < Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia medal

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medallion (mɪˈdæljən)
 
n
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
 
[C17: from French, from Italian medaglione, from medagliamedal]

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medallion
1658, from Fr. médaillon, from It. medaglione "large medal," augmentative of medaglia (see medal).
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