medal

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English[edit]

The National Geographic Society's "Hubbard Medal"

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from Late Latin medalia (half a denarius).

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medal (plural medals)

  1. A stamped metal disc used as a personal ornament, a charm, or a religious object.
    • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, II.i.3:
      Whether their images, shrines, relics, consecrated things, holy water, medals, benedictions, those divine amulets, holy exorcisms, and the sign of the cross, be available in this disease?
  2. A stamped or cast metal object (usually a disc), particularly one awarded as a prize or reward.

Derived terms[edit]

  • gold medal — a medal designed for first-place winners
  • silver medal — a medal designed for second-place winners
  • bronze medal — a medal designed for third-place winners

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medal (third-person singular simple present medals, present participle medaling or medalling, simple past and past participle medaled or medalled)

  1. (sports, very colloquial) To win a medal.
    "He medalled twice at the Olympics"
    • 2013 January 13, Elizabeth Alderfer as Anna, “Je Ne Sais What?”, The Good Wife season 4 episode 12:
      I wanted to medal. I was pregnant and I wanted to medal.

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medal

  1. medal.

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Polish[edit]

Medals engraved by Polish artist Zbigniew Kotyłło

Etymology[edit]

From French médaille

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medal m

  1. medal

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