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[muh-dal-yuh n] /məˈdæl yən/
a large medal.
anything resembling a medal in form, used as an ornament, in a design, etc.
a permit issued by a governmental agency to operate a taxicab, usually represented by a small metal identification disk displayed on the taxi.
  1. a tablet, usually rounded, often bearing objects represented in relief.
  2. a member in a decorative design resembling a panel.
Origin of medallion
1650-60; < French médaillon < Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia medal Unabridged
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Examples from the web for medallion
  • Around her neck, she wears a tiny medallion bearing the picture of her powerful father.
  • There is a gas station with not one but six medallion cabs filling their tanks.
  • If you look closely, he's wearing a cheetah medallion.
  • At each place setting was a commemorative bronze medallion wrapped in white paper and pink ribbon.
  • The festival also includes a hidden medallion hunt and a petting zoo.
  • The resort provides organized activities, including minnow races, medallion hunts and ice cream socials.
  • The marble floor with an intricate wooden medallion in the middle.
  • There are no cash prizes, but winners receive a certificate and a bronze medallion.
  • Get information about yellow taxi medallion sales.
  • medallion owners who are not represented by an agent will file a single return for the medallions that you own.
British Dictionary definitions for medallion


a large medal
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 medallion

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

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