Definition of medal in US 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.

    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Purple Heart medals are awarded to nine soldiers who suffered wounds in Iraq.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The team also picked up five silver and three bronze team medals at the event.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘These medals were awarded in bronze for having four children, silver for six, and gold for eight.’
    • ‘Thomas had won many medals and awards in both handball and football.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘To see the joy on so many young faces when presented with medals and awards was reward enough.’
    • ‘He was awarded numerous medals and attained the rank of Lieutenant before discharging in 1970.’
    • ‘Cabinets of coins, medals, and bronze statuettes became a characteristic feature of German princely collections.’
    • ‘Britain doubled their medal haul in Paris after scooping two medals on the final day of the World Championships.’
    honour, decoration, ribbon, star, order, badge, pin, laurel, wreath, palm, colours, insignia, plaque, award, trophy
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verb

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

    ‘Norwegian athletes medaled in 12 of the 14 events’
    • ‘I think in the long run it is maybe better, not medaling just motivates me even more now.’
    • ‘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 medalled on all three of these events at the 1998 World Cup finals in Sabae, Japan - her final competition.’
    • ‘Freshman Deary should also be able to help with the distance events, having medaled at senior nationals in the 400 meter free.’
    • ‘Croatia last medaled at the 1996 Olympic Games, taking silver in Atlanta.’
    • ‘Having already medaled in both the winter and summer Games, Clara is a legend in Canada.’
    • ‘Four years later, she became the first person to medal in both a swimming and diving event in the Olympics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I think with my personal best I have a chance at medalling internationally.’
    • ‘She has medalled in every major international event except the Olympics.’
    • ‘It won't be long before the United States fails to medal in Olympic basketball.’
    • ‘The three people who made the team are very good athletes and they all are capable of medalling for us in Athens.’
    • ‘She is a solid international competitor, having medaled in three World Endurance Championships.’
    • ‘Holland have only medalled three times at the world outdoor championships.’
    • ‘She has competed at five Olympic Games and medalled at all of them including four golds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indeed, she medalled in every competition in which she competed.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Obree didn't medal, and had to be coaxed from a fifth-floor window sill by a teammate.’
    • ‘From 1936 on, the U.S. men medaled only in the boycotted Los Angeles Olympics of 1984.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1often as adjective medaledwith 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

/ˈmɛdl//ˈmedl/