Definition of medal in English:

medal

noun

  • A metal disk with an inscription or design, made to commemorate an event or awarded as a distinction to someone such as a soldier, athlete, or scholar.

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

  • 1[no object] Earn a medal, especially in an athletic contest.

    ‘Norwegian athletes medaled in 12 of the 14 events’
    • ‘The three people who made the team are very good athletes and they all are capable of medalling for us in Athens.’
    • ‘Holland have only medalled three times at the world outdoor championships.’
    1. 1.1often as adjective medaled[with object] Decorate or honour with a medal.
      ‘the most medaled swimmer in Olympics history’
      • ‘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

/ˈmedl/