Definition of medal in English:

medal

noun

  • A metal disc typically of the size of a large coin and bearing an inscription or design, made to commemorate an event or awarded as a distinction to someone such as a soldier or athlete.

    • ‘Cabinets of coins, medals, and bronze statuettes became a characteristic feature of German princely collections.’
    • ‘I will train for better results but I don't think too much about medals.’
    • ‘The medals were awarded to individuals who had been nominated by others in their communities.’
    • ‘Most of it was devoted to the award of medals in the Falklands War.’
    • ‘My grandfather's medals were awarded for his service with the St John Ambulance Brigade during the Boer War.’
    • ‘He was awarded numerous medals and attained the rank of Lieutenant before discharging in 1970.’
    • ‘Britain doubled their medal haul in Paris after scooping two medals on the final day of the World Championships.’
    • ‘These medals were awarded in bronze for having four children, silver for six, and gold for eight.’
    • ‘Player of the Year awards and team medals will be presented on the night.’
    • ‘No medal was awarded on Friday as the events were still at the qualifying stage.’
    • ‘Thomas had won many medals and awards in both handball and football.’
    • ‘The team also picked up five silver and three bronze team medals at the event.’
    • ‘This week her work was recognised when she was awarded the prestigious medal of the Order of Mercy from the League of Mercy.’
    • ‘To see the joy on so many young faces when presented with medals and awards was reward enough.’
    • ‘The show garden section has been expanded, and the event awarded its own medals for the first time this year.’
    • ‘Jewelry and 107 medals and awards were also stolen from the apartment.’
    • ‘Purple Heart medals are awarded to nine soldiers who suffered wounds in Iraq.’
    • ‘No service member is entitled to wear all three medals for the same act, achievement or period of service.’
    • ‘The medal was awarded to airmen involved in enemy contact.’
    • ‘Pope John Paul II has awarded a medal of distinction to a Sutton woman who has given her life to the service of the church, the young and the needy.’
    honour, decoration, ribbon, star, order, badge, pin, laurel, wreath, palm, colours, insignia, plaque, award, trophy
    fruit salad
    gong
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verb

  • 1[no object] Win a medal in a sporting event:

    ‘they medalled in all the relay events’
    • ‘The United States men's basketball teams have now medaled in every Olympics they have participated in, winning gold 12 times, silver once, and bronze twice.’
    • ‘Freshman Deary should also be able to help with the distance events, having medaled at senior nationals in the 400 meter free.’
    • ‘She and her teammates brought home a bronze medal in the team event, and she medalled on vault (bronze).’
    • ‘Obree didn't medal, and had to be coaxed from a fifth-floor window sill by a teammate.’
    • ‘Cop has medaled in three Olympic Games, winning Silver in Athens, Gold in Sydney and Bronze in Barcelona, all in addition to eight World Championship medals.’
    • ‘He changed the course of the Olympics by giving himself the chance to run in two events to try and medal in two events.’
    • ‘Indeed, she medalled in every competition in which she competed.’
    • ‘I think with my personal best I have a chance at medalling internationally.’
    • ‘She has medalled in every major international event except the Olympics.’
    • ‘I think in the long run it is maybe better, not medaling just motivates me even more now.’
    • ‘Four years later, she became the first person to medal in both a swimming and diving event in the Olympics.’
    • ‘She is a solid international competitor, having medaled in three World Endurance Championships.’
    • ‘From 1936 on, the U.S. men medaled only in the boycotted Los Angeles Olympics of 1984.’
    • ‘Having already medaled in both the winter and summer Games, Clara is a legend in Canada.’
    • ‘I medaled in all six of my events, and I almost captured the gold in the 200 meter backstroke, missing by just 1-tenth of a second.’
    • ‘She might also have medalled on the uneven bars, her favourite event, but because of her lingering wrist injury she had to take out some of her best skills.’
    • ‘It won't be long before the United States fails to medal in Olympic basketball.’
    • ‘She medalled on all three of these events at the 1998 World Cup finals in Sabae, Japan - her final competition.’
    • ‘Croatia last medaled at the 1996 Olympic Games, taking silver in Atlanta.’
    • ‘She has competed at five Olympic Games and medalled at all of them including four golds.’
    1. 1.1often as adjective medalled[with object] Decorate or honour with a medal:
      ‘the most medalled athlete in Britain’
      • ‘Lipa consolidated her place as the most medalled Olympic rower with eight, and also became the first female rower to win five golds, having taken her first in Los Angeles back in 1984.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from French médaille, from Italian medaglia, from medieval Latin medalia half a denarius, from Latin medialis medial.

Pronunciation:

medal

/ˈmɛd(ə)l/