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medal

[med-l] /ˈmɛd l/
noun
1.
a flat piece of metal, often a disk but sometimes a cross, star, or other form, usually bearing an inscription or design, issued to commemorate a person, action, or event, or given as a reward for bravery, merit, or the like:
a gold medal for the best swimmer.
2.
a similar object bearing a religious image, as of a saint:
a Saint Christopher's medal.
verb (used with object), medaled, medaling or (especially British) medalled, medalling.
3.
to decorate or honor with a medal.
verb (used without object), medaled, medaling or (especially British) medalled, medalling.
4.
to receive a medal, especially in a sporting event:
He medaled in three of four races.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; earlier medaille < Middle French < Italian medaglia copper coin worth a halfpenny < Vulgar Latin *medalia, variant (by dissimilation) of Late Latin mediālia, noun use of neuter plural (taken as feminine singular) of mediālis medial
Related forms
unmedaled, adjective
unmedalled, adjective
Can be confused
medal, meddle, metal, mettle.
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Examples for medal
  • But in the end the pilot was awarded a medal for fulfilling his duties with care.
  • It is not likely to take gold or even medal in basketball.
  • He had a big smile on his face, the medal hanging from the pocket flap of his uniform and a cigarette hanging out of his mouth.
  • A coast guard medal of honor is authorized but has not yet been developed or issued.
British Dictionary definitions for medal

medal

/ˈmɛdəl/
noun
1.
a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc
verb -als, -alling, -alled (US) -als, -aling, -aled
2.
(transitive) to honour with a medal
3.
(intransitive) (informal) (in sport) to win a medal
Derived Forms
medallic (mɪˈdælɪk) adjective
Word Origin
C16: from French médaille, probably from Italian medaglia, ultimately from Latin metallummetal
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Word Origin and History for medal
medal
1586, from M.Fr. médaille (15c.), from It. medaglia "a medal," from V.L. *metallea (moneta) "metal (coin)," from L. metallum (see metal). The other theory is that medaglia originally meant "coin worth half a denarius," and is from V.L. *medalia, from L.L. medialia "little halves," neut. pl. of medialis "of the middle" (see medial). Originally a trinket; as a reward for merit, proficiency, etc., attested from 1751.
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Slang definitions & phrases for medal

medal

verb

To win a medal: Flo-Jo medaled in the 100meter (1980s+ Sports)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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