Definition of medallion in English:

medallion

noun

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

    • ‘Some companies produce medallions or bracelets that change colour to warn of high-UV conditions.’
    • ‘Sarel pulled out a necklace with a green colored gem embedded in a medallion.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She yanked out a large medallion looped through a thin gold chain.’
    • ‘It was like cutting a diamond into thinner pieces and attaching it to the sides of a gold medallion.’
    • ‘There was a medallion with the shape of dragon wings around her neck.’
    • ‘He pulled the chain from her tunic, revealing the medallion hidden there.’
    • ‘Vanderkin opened the chest and removed eight gold necklaces with medallions.’
    • ‘Some are laden with gold medallions or sport diamond earrings.’
    • ‘Temporarily, I had strung Janet's ring onto the chain I wore with my medallion of Mary.’
    • ‘He said nothing but obediently handed over the small bag and removed his medallion and rings.’
    • ‘Men and women of the upper classes wore medallions engraved with skulls and ivory heads as jewelry.’
    • ‘Yet, inside was a golden medallion on a silver chain.’
    • ‘She grabbed the medallion and gave a sharp wrench, breaking the chain.’
    • ‘Just then the leather cord around her neck snapped, and the medallion fell onto the stone.’
    • ‘At first, it looked like a thick metal bracelet with a heavy medallion set in the middle.’
    • ‘A silver medallion hangs on a chain around her neck.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘Item in Tab 120 refers to bigger size moulding, and the plaster medallions (ceiling trim) for the dining room and the library.’
      • ‘The range of design and color combinations on the medallions was amazing.’
      • ‘Most obviously, its four ends now carry panels or medallions large enough to frame their own independent images.’
      • ‘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 27 models on display in Washington, supplemented by paintings, drawings, sculpture and medallions, show the products of a rising social structure and new technique.’
      • ‘For oval and diamond shaped ceiling medallions, start by drawing centerlines parallel to the walls and 90 degrees apart on the ceiling.’
      • ‘Fill in the designs with fabric paint, using medallions on the corners and aligning border stencils along the sides.’
      • ‘Decorated with psychedelic medallions and mandalas of red, yellow, and green, a high wall delimits the compound.’
      • ‘The patterns are usually large geometric medallions and are heavily quilted with elaborate designs such as feathered scrolls and cables.’
      • ‘The earliest quilts were designed to have a central medallion on a white ground.’
      • ‘The basic design consists of four medallions grouped around a central motif.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Our interior decorative items include medallions, domes and niches in a variety of sizes and styles.’
      • ‘The window soffits and ceiling medallion were made from the plaster casts acquired by the Metropolitan Museum in the 1920s.’
      • ‘Here, the blue ceiling is contrasted by cloud-white crown molding and a focal-point medallion.’
      • ‘When she tapped a small gold medallion on the wall, a panel dropped away.’
      • ‘Ceiling medallions are one of the most popular architectural details.’
      • ‘Its pillars bore decorative medallions of crowned heads, friezes of vines with grapes, and corbels of women in flowing garments playing musical instruments.’
      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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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

/məˈdæljən//məˈdalyən/