me·dal·lion | \mə-ˈdal-yən \

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 \ : 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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Feinberg is still driving under the same hackney carriage medallion that he was issued in 1975, according to police. Danny Mcdonald,, "Boston police congratulate taxi driver on 50 years of service," 10 July 2018 The number of New York City medallion taxi cabs is 13,587. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Taxi Study Suggests Setting Minimum Wage for Drivers of Ride-Hailing Apps," 2 July 2018 According to the New York Post, Saleh had not been making enough money to cover the lease on his taxicab and medallion. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "6th New York City Cab Driver Takes His Life in Crisis Blamed on Uber," 16 June 2018 Among Cohen’s business troubles is a tax-medallion business that has declined in value. Caleb Melby,, "Cohen’s In-Laws Look to Sell Units in Trump World Tower Building," 15 June 2018 This was the early 90s, when Kenté cloth and Malcolm X fitted caps and medallions were everywhere. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Why Beyoncé Placed HBCU’s at the Center of American Life," 7 May 2018 Light and healthier dishes include: corn and lobster risotto, hot smoked salmon and roasted Jidori chicken and pork medallions. Carolina Gusman,, "117 ways to celebrate mom: Your San Diego guide to Mother's Day brunches, lunches and dinners," 7 May 2018 The rise of ride-hailing has taken a particular toll on the taxi industry, where the value of a taxi medallion has dwindled since Uber and Lyft arrived on the scene. Faiz Siddiqui, Washington Post, "New York considering setting minimum wage for Uber, Lyft drivers," 2 July 2018 In 2014, the price of a New York City medallion topped $1 million. NBC News, "In the shadow of Uber's rise, taxi driver suicides leave cabbies shaken," 7 June 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 \

Kids Definition of medallion

1 : a large medal

2 : a decoration shaped like a large medal

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