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.
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.
to decorate or honor with a medal.
verb (used without object), medaled, medaling or (especially British) medalled, medalling.
to receive a medal, especially in a sporting event: He medaled in three of four races.

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

unmedaled, adjective
unmedalled, adjective

medal, meddle, metal, mettle.
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medal (ˈmɛdəl)
1.  a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc
vb , -als, -alling, -alled, -als, -aling, -aled
2.  (tr) to honour with a medal
3.  informal (intr) (in sport) to win a medal
[C16: from French médaille, probably from Italian medaglia, ultimately from Latin metallummetal]

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Word Origin & History

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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