Definition of medallion in English:

medallion

noun

  • 1A piece of jewellery in the shape of a medal, worn as a pendant.

    • ‘She yanked out a large medallion looped through a thin gold chain.’
    • ‘Men and women of the upper classes wore medallions engraved with skulls and ivory heads as jewelry.’
    • ‘Vanderkin opened the chest and removed eight gold necklaces with medallions.’
    • ‘All I ever saw in that jewelry box anyway were little medallions and such.’
    • ‘He said nothing but obediently handed over the small bag and removed his medallion and rings.’
    • ‘Yet, inside was a golden medallion on a silver chain.’
    • ‘Just then the leather cord around her neck snapped, and the medallion fell onto the stone.’
    • ‘She grabbed the medallion and gave a sharp wrench, breaking the chain.’
    • ‘Around his neck are several gold chains and an astrological medallion.’
    • ‘He dropped it on the bar, while Ethan passed over a worn brass medallion on a short length of broken chain.’
    • ‘Some companies produce medallions or bracelets that change colour to warn of high-UV conditions.’
    • ‘Some are laden with gold medallions or sport diamond earrings.’
    • ‘A silver medallion hangs on a chain around her neck.’
    • ‘It was like cutting a diamond into thinner pieces and attaching it to the sides of a gold medallion.’
    • ‘Absently, he felt the chain necklace and the medallion against his chest grow colder than ice.’
    • ‘Sarel pulled out a necklace with a green colored gem embedded in a medallion.’
    • ‘At first, it looked like a thick metal bracelet with a heavy medallion set in the middle.’
    • ‘Temporarily, I had strung Janet's ring onto the chain I wore with my medallion of Mary.’
    • ‘He pulled the chain from her tunic, revealing the medallion hidden there.’
    • ‘There was a medallion with the shape of dragon wings around her neck.’
    locket, drop, stone
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    1. 1.1 An oval or circular painting, panel, or design used to decorate a building or textile.
      • ‘The range of design and color combinations on the medallions was amazing.’
      • ‘It is cropped close to the low-pitched gable roof of a ranch house where a mysterious figure enclosed in the oval medallion floats by.’
      • ‘The earliest quilts were designed to have a central medallion on a white ground.’
      • ‘Item in Tab 120 refers to bigger size moulding, and the plaster medallions (ceiling trim) for the dining room and the library.’
      • ‘When she tapped a small gold medallion on the wall, a panel dropped away.’
      • ‘The 27 models on display in Washington, supplemented by paintings, drawings, sculpture and medallions, show the products of a rising social structure and new technique.’
      • ‘The patterns are usually large geometric medallions and are heavily quilted with elaborate designs such as feathered scrolls and cables.’
      • ‘The basic design consists of four medallions grouped around a central motif.’
      • ‘Decorated with psychedelic medallions and mandalas of red, yellow, and green, a high wall delimits the compound.’
      • ‘Fill in the designs with fabric paint, using medallions on the corners and aligning border stencils along the sides.’
      • ‘Here, the blue ceiling is contrasted by cloud-white crown molding and a focal-point medallion.’
      • ‘For oval and diamond shaped ceiling medallions, start by drawing centerlines parallel to the walls and 90 degrees apart on the ceiling.’
      • ‘Ceiling medallions are one of the most popular architectural details.’
      • ‘Our interior decorative items include medallions, domes and niches in a variety of sizes and styles.’
      • ‘Its pillars bore decorative medallions of crowned heads, friezes of vines with grapes, and corbels of women in flowing garments playing musical instruments.’
      • ‘This spatial richness was supported by the increasing complexity of the decorative scheme, with the frieze above the first floor decorated with medallions beneath an attic storey supported on caryatids.’
      • ‘The window soffits and ceiling medallion were made from the plaster casts acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the 1920s.’
      • ‘Most obviously, its four ends now carry panels or medallions large enough to frame their own independent images.’
      memorial tablet, plate, stone plate, metal plate, tablet, panel, sign, brass, plaquette, cartouche
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    2. 1.2
      another term for médaillon
      • ‘I take my second gamble of the evening on the medallions of venison.’
      • ‘I had chosen a steak plus a pork medallion and the meat arrived exactly as ordered.’
      • ‘I had the Turkey Tenderloins, turkey medallions wrapped in bacon and grilled.’
      • ‘The beef medallions were beautifully tender, and the sauce sublimely creamy and tasty, with just enough mustard to give it an ‘edge’.’
      • ‘Dishes range from snacks to full meals such as fillet of beef medallions on rosti potato with rosemary sauce.’

Origin

Mid 17th century: from French médaillon, from Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia (see medal).

Pronunciation

medallion

/mɪˈdaljən/