med·​al | \ ˈme-dᵊl How to pronounce medal (audio) \

Definition of medal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


medaled also medalled; medaling also medalling\ ˈmed-​liŋ , ˈme-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce medalling (audio) \

Definition of medal (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to win a medal medaled in figure skating

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Synonyms for medal

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of medal in a Sentence

Noun He was awarded a medal for his heroism. the display case held an impressive array of military medals from World War II Verb She medaled in figure skating in the Olympics.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Justin's regular skating double was Dylan David Moscovitch, who won a silver medal at the 2014 Olympics with the Canadian team. Martha Sorren,, "Here’s Who’s Doing All The Real Skating On Spinning Out," 1 Jan. 2020 Tianna Randle won the gold medal in the 100-meter dash while Dynasty McClennon won the gold in the 400-meter dash. Marcus Gutierrez, Houston Chronicle, "Sports: The top 10 highlights from Humble ISD athletics in 2019," 30 Dec. 2019 American soccer midfielder Megan Rapinoe won the gold medal at the women’s World Cup title in July, as well as the Golden Ball and the Golden Boot for its top scorer. Washington Post, "The Associated Press picks the top moments on TV from 2019," 10 Dec. 2019 The Wildcats have never played a regular-season game outside of North America, but the 1948-49 Kentucky team did win a gold medal as the United States representative at the 1948 Olympics in London. Jon Hale, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan basketball to play Kentucky in London in 2020," 5 Dec. 2019 Kenworthy won a silver medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Sanya Mansoor, Time, "Why Gus Kenworthy — Two-Time Olympian Who Represented Team USA — Hopes to Compete for Great Britain In 2022 Olympics," 4 Dec. 2019 Emily Sweeney of Suffield won the silver medal at the World Cup Luge championship at Mt. Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid Saturday. Staff And Wire Reports,, "Regional Digest: Fairfield holds off Texas A&M in Florida," 1 Dec. 2019 The family of Charles Parkin of Rhode Island accepted his medal during a ceremony this month at Coast Guard Station Castle Hill in Newport., "More than a century after the USS Tampa was destroyed by a German torpedo in World War I, the Coast Guard is looking to present Purple Heart medals to the descendents of more than 100 lost crew members.," 25 Dec. 2019 One of the last men still alive who fought in World War II, the 99-year-old sits comfortably in his home and shows a visitor his war medals and memorabilia. Segann March,, "After the Battle of the Bulge, a hero emerged. He's now 99.," 16 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb MobCraft brought home gold for Low pHunk, which medaled in the American Style Sour Ale category. Kathy Flanigan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "3 Milwaukee breweries bring home medals from the Great American Beer Festival in Denver," 5 Oct. 2019 Will Moroney medaled with 22 points in a win for the Generals., "But host Beverly converted a pair of late chances in transition to earn a point with a 2-2 tie Tuesday afternoon.," 16 Oct. 2019 Meanwhile, skateboarding will feature two disciplines to medal in: street and park. Charlotte Carroll,, "New Sports Like Skateboarding and Climbing Give New Athletes Olympic Dreams," 26 July 2019 The butterfly and freestyle stroker represented the U.S. in five Olympics, medaling in all of them. Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times, "Hot Property Newsletter: Celeb moves take no summer break," 31 Aug. 2019 Among the local athletes who medaled was 17-year-old David Yudien of Boca Raton, a point guard for the gold-medal winning U.S. men’s youth basketball team. Sergio Carmona,, "South Florida athletes compete at European Maccabi Games in Hungary," 23 Aug. 2019 White and Blair are the only U.S. athletes to medal three times in the same event at the Winter Olympics. Chris Chavez,, "Wednesday Olympic Daily Digest: How Shaun White Enters The History Books With His Third Gold Medal," 14 Feb. 2018 Aasen competed in the Maryland Senior Olympics and medaled in the 400, 800, 1,500, 5,000 and 10,000-meter events to qualify for nationals in 2017. Megan Woodward,, "Fitness: Yvonne Aasen is ‘an inspiration to keep on running'," 23 July 2019 Gleirscher, who had never medaled in a World Cup singles race, finished his four runs in 3:10.702 for the gold, Austria's first in men's luge in 50 years. USA TODAY, "Red alert: Gerard wins United States' 1st gold of games," 11 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of medal


circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of medal was circa 1578

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13 Jan 2020

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“Medal.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 19 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of medal

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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



English Language Learners Definition of medal (Entry 2 of 2)

: to win a medal


med·​al | \ ˈme-dᵊl How to pronounce medal (audio) \

Kids Definition of medal

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

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