Medal of Honor

noun phrase

Definition of Medal of Honor

: a U.S. military decoration awarded in the name of the Congress for conspicuous intrepidity at the risk of life in action with an enemy

First Known Use of Medal of Honor

1861, in the meaning defined above

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“Medal of Honor.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Medal of Honor

: the highest U.S. military award that is given to someone for extreme bravery while in battle with an enemy

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