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.

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

  • 1no 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.’
    • ‘She has competed at five Olympic Games and medalled at all of them including four golds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It won't be long before the United States fails to medal in Olympic basketball.’
    • ‘Freshman Deary should also be able to help with the distance events, having medaled at senior nationals in the 400 meter free.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Croatia last medaled at the 1996 Olympic Games, taking silver in Atlanta.’
    • ‘She is a solid international competitor, having medaled in three World Endurance Championships.’
    • ‘I think in the long run it is maybe better, not medaling just motivates me even more now.’
    • ‘She has medalled in every major international event except the Olympics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She medalled on all three of these events at the 1998 World Cup finals in Sabae, Japan - her final competition.’
    • ‘From 1936 on, the U.S. men medaled only in the boycotted Los Angeles Olympics of 1984.’
    • ‘Four years later, she became the first person to medal in both a swimming and diving event in the Olympics.’
    • ‘I think with my personal best I have a chance at medalling internationally.’
    • ‘Holland have only medalled three times at the world outdoor championships.’
    • ‘Indeed, she medalled in every competition in which she competed.’
    • ‘She and her teammates brought home a bronze medal in the team event, and she medalled on vault (bronze).’
    • ‘He changed the course of the Olympics by giving himself the chance to run in two events to try and medal in two events.’
    • ‘The three people who made the team are very good athletes and they all are capable of medalling for us in Athens.’
    1. 1.1often as adjective medalledwith 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/