Medal of Freedom

noun phrase

: a U.S. decoration awarded to civilians for meritorious achievement in any of various fields

Examples of Medal of Freedom in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web He was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by George W. Bush in 2008 for his work on AIDS relief in Africa. John Parkinson, ABC News, 3 June 2024 Last month, those accomplishments brought Ledecky back to the White House, this time as the first swimmer ever to receive the nation's highest civilian honor, the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Elaine Quijano, CBS News, 2 June 2024 Thompson, who landed on Omaha Beach with American troops, received the Purple Heart, nine battle stars and was the first correspondent to receive the Medal of Freedom. Chicago Tribune, 2 June 2024 After all, his resume features three NCAA championships, six NBA titles, six NBA MVP awards and the Presidential Medal of Freedom. 5. Jon Wilner, The Mercury News, 29 May 2024 Last week, Phil Donahue returned to the spotlight to receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden. Kate Hogan, Peoplemag, 14 May 2024 Boyle’s name stands out among the 19 politicians, celebrities and other activists who this week received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden. The Editorial Board, Orange County Register, 10 May 2024 Ochoa is the tenth astronaut, and second female astronaut, to receive the Medal of Freedom. Christian Thorsberg, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 May 2024 Just last week, Yeoh accepted the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Joe Biden. Brenton Blanchet, Peoplemag, 7 May 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1945, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Medal of Freedom was in 1945

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“Medal of Freedom.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Medal%20of%20Freedom. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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