me·​dal·​lion | \ mə-ˈdal-yən How to pronounce medallion (audio) \

Definition of medallion

1 : a large medal
2 : something resembling a large medal especially : a tablet or panel in a wall or window bearing a figure in relief, a portrait, or an ornament
3 or less commonly medaillon \ mā-​dä-​ˈyōⁿ How to pronounce medaillon (audio) \ : a small, round or oval serving (as of meat or fish)

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Synonyms for medallion


medal, order

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Examples of medallion in a Sentence

the hockey team received a gold medallion at the Olympics

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But the fee was postponed following a last-minute legal challenge by taxi drivers and owners of medallions, the license to pick up street hails in Manhattan. ... Paul Berger, WSJ, "Judge Allows Manhattan Congestion Charge on Taxi Rides to Start," 31 Jan. 2019 Municipal records show Cohen and his wife have 32 taxi medallions in New York City and at least 22 in Chicago., "Trump Lawyer Cohen Finds Finances Examined by Prosecutors," 12 Apr. 2018 Cohosted by Mene’s Diana Widmaier Picasso, the launch party offered guests a first look at the limited-edition rings, medallions, and charms. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "A House Party, but Make It Fashion: Inez and Vinoodh Celebrate Their Mene Jewelry Collaboration," 12 Feb. 2019 But the fee was suspended by a state court judge, pending a legal challenge from taxi drivers and medallion owners, who say the fee is unconstitutional. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Holds Off on Fare and Toll Increases Proposed for March," 24 Jan. 2019 The subsequent drop has left many taxi medallion owners overleveraged. NBC News, "Trump attorney Michael Cohen loaned millions to Ukrainian cab mogul involved in legal pot industry," 27 Apr. 2018 Cohen worked as a personal injury lawyer, became a partner in a law firm and invested in New York City taxi cab medallions, which are required to drive a cab in New York. Chris Megerian,, "Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is prized for his loyalty — and willingness to attack the president's rivals," 11 Apr. 2018 Taxi medallion owners, by contrast, had one lobbyist from one firm working on their behalf in Harrisburg, said Danielle Friedman, general counsel for the taxi company 215GetACab. Jason Laughlin,, "Uber and Lyft withhold a lot of data that Philly needs, officials say," 8 Mar. 2018 On his chest hung a glinting tiny gold medallion necklace. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Ryan Gosling in a Sweater Vest Is the Pinnacle of Hot Dad Fashion," 29 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of medallion

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for medallion

French médaillon, from Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia

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English Language Learners Definition of medallion

: a large medal
: a decoration that is shaped like a large medal
: a small, round piece of food (such as meat)


me·​dal·​lion | \ mə-ˈdal-yən How to pronounce medallion (audio) \

Kids Definition of medallion

1 : a large medal
2 : a decoration shaped like a large medal

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