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medal

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noun med·al \ˈme-dəl\

Simple Definition of medal

  • : a piece of metal often in the form of a coin with designs and words in honor of a special event, a person, or an achievement

Full Definition of medal

  1. 1 :  a small usually metal object bearing a religious emblem or picture

  2. 2 :  a piece of metal often resembling a coin and having a stamped design that is issued to commemorate a person or event or awarded for excellence or achievement

Examples of medal

  1. He was awarded a medal for his heroism.

  2. <the display case held an impressive array of military medals from World War II>



Origin of medal

Middle French medaille, from Old Italian medaglia coin worth half a denarius, medal, from Vulgar Latin *medalis half, alteration of Late Latin medialis middle, from Latin medius — more at mid


First Known Use: circa 1578

Rhymes with medal


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medal

verb med·al

Simple Definition of medal

  • : to win a medal

Full Definition of medal

med·aled also med·alledmed·al·ing also med·al·ling \ˈmed-liŋ, ˈme-dəl-iŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to win a medal <medaled in figure skating>

Examples of medal

  1. She medaled in figure skating in the Olympics.



1979

First Known Use of medal

1979




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