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medalist

[med-l-ist] /ˈmɛd l ɪst/
noun
1.
a person to whom a medal has been awarded.
2.
(in a golf tournament) the player having the lowest score in a qualifying round scored by strokes.
3.
a designer, engraver, or maker of medals.
Also, especially British, medallist.
Origin
1965-1970
1965-70; < French médailliste < Italian medaglista. See medal, -ist
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British Dictionary definitions for medalist

medallist

/ˈmɛdəlɪst/
noun
1.
a designer, maker, or collector of medals
2.
(mainly sport) a winner or recipient of a medal or medals
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Word Origin and History for medalist
n.

1680s, "one skilled in medals," from medal (n.) + -ist. Meaning "medal-maker" is from 1756; that of "recipient of a medal" is from 1797.

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