Definition of medallion in English:



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

    • ‘It was like cutting a diamond into thinner pieces and attaching it to the sides of a gold medallion.’
    • ‘A silver medallion hangs on a chain around her neck.’
    • ‘He said nothing but obediently handed over the small bag and removed his medallion and rings.’
    • ‘Temporarily, I had strung Janet's ring onto the chain I wore with my medallion of Mary.’
    • ‘There was a medallion with the shape of dragon wings around her neck.’
    • ‘Absently, he felt the chain necklace and the medallion against his chest grow colder than ice.’
    • ‘Some are laden with gold medallions or sport diamond earrings.’
    • ‘Sarel pulled out a necklace with a green colored gem embedded in a medallion.’
    • ‘Some companies produce medallions or bracelets that change colour to warn of high-UV conditions.’
    • ‘Yet, inside was a golden medallion on a silver chain.’
    • ‘All I ever saw in that jewelry box anyway were little medallions and such.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At first, it looked like a thick metal bracelet with a heavy medallion set in the middle.’
    • ‘Men and women of the upper classes wore medallions engraved with skulls and ivory heads as jewelry.’
    • ‘He pulled the chain from her tunic, revealing the medallion hidden there.’
    • ‘She yanked out a large medallion looped through a thin gold chain.’
    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.
      • ‘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 earliest quilts were designed to have a central medallion on a white ground.’
      • ‘Ceiling medallions are one of the most popular architectural details.’
      • ‘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 basic design consists of four medallions grouped around a central motif.’
      • ‘Its pillars bore decorative medallions of crowned heads, friezes of vines with grapes, and corbels of women in flowing garments playing musical instruments.’
      • ‘Most obviously, its four ends now carry panels or medallions large enough to frame their own independent images.’
      • ‘The window soffits and ceiling medallion were made from the plaster casts acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the 1920s.’
      • ‘The patterns are usually large geometric medallions and are heavily quilted with elaborate designs such as feathered scrolls and cables.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our interior decorative items include medallions, domes and niches in a variety of sizes and styles.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Here, the blue ceiling is contrasted by cloud-white crown molding and a focal-point medallion.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘For oval and diamond shaped ceiling medallions, start by drawing centerlines parallel to the walls and 90 degrees apart on the ceiling.’
      memorial tablet, plate, stone plate, metal plate, tablet, panel, sign, brass, medallion, plaquette, cartouche
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    2. 1.2
      another term for médaillon
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


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