Definition of medallion in English:

medallion

noun

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

    • ‘At first, it looked like a thick metal bracelet with a heavy medallion set in the middle.’
    • ‘There was a medallion with the shape of dragon wings around her neck.’
    • ‘Around his neck are several gold chains and an astrological medallion.’
    • ‘She grabbed the medallion and gave a sharp wrench, breaking the chain.’
    • ‘It was like cutting a diamond into thinner pieces and attaching it to the sides of a gold medallion.’
    • ‘Yet, inside was a golden medallion on a silver chain.’
    • ‘A silver medallion hangs on a chain around her neck.’
    • ‘Some companies produce medallions or bracelets that change colour to warn of high-UV conditions.’
    • ‘He said nothing but obediently handed over the small bag and removed his medallion and rings.’
    • ‘All I ever saw in that jewelry box anyway were little medallions and such.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He dropped it on the bar, while Ethan passed over a worn brass medallion on a short length of broken chain.’
    • ‘Vanderkin opened the chest and removed eight gold necklaces with medallions.’
    • ‘She yanked out a large medallion looped through a thin gold chain.’
    • ‘He pulled the chain from her tunic, revealing the medallion hidden there.’
    • ‘Men and women of the upper classes wore medallions engraved with skulls and ivory heads as jewelry.’
    • ‘Just then the leather cord around her neck snapped, and the medallion fell onto the stone.’
    • ‘Temporarily, I had strung Janet's ring onto the chain I wore with my medallion of Mary.’
    • ‘Some are laden with gold medallions or sport diamond earrings.’
    locket, medallion, drop, stone
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    1. 1.1An oval or circular painting, panel, or design used to decorate a building or textile.
      • ‘Most obviously, its four ends now carry panels or medallions large enough to frame their own independent images.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Its pillars bore decorative medallions of crowned heads, friezes of vines with grapes, and corbels of women in flowing garments playing musical instruments.’
      • ‘The range of design and color combinations on the medallions was amazing.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our interior decorative items include medallions, domes and niches in a variety of sizes and styles.’
      • ‘Here, the blue ceiling is contrasted by cloud-white crown molding and a focal-point medallion.’
      • ‘The patterns are usually large geometric medallions and are heavily quilted with elaborate designs such as feathered scrolls and cables.’
      • ‘Ceiling medallions are one of the most popular architectural details.’
      • ‘The earliest quilts were designed to have a central medallion on a white ground.’
      • ‘For oval and diamond shaped ceiling medallions, start by drawing centerlines parallel to the walls and 90 degrees apart on the ceiling.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Fill in the designs with fabric paint, using medallions on the corners and aligning border stencils along the sides.’
      • ‘Item in Tab 120 refers to bigger size moulding, and the plaster medallions (ceiling trim) for the dining room and the library.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The window soffits and ceiling medallion were made from the plaster casts acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the 1920s.’
      • ‘When she tapped a small gold medallion on the wall, a panel dropped away.’
    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.’
      • ‘Dishes range from snacks to full meals such as fillet of beef medallions on rosti potato with rosemary sauce.’
      • ‘The beef medallions were beautifully tender, and the sauce sublimely creamy and tasty, with just enough mustard to give it an ‘edge’.’
      • ‘I had the Turkey Tenderloins, turkey medallions wrapped in bacon and grilled.’

Origin

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

Pronunciation:

medallion

/mɪˈdaljən/