medal

noun
med·​al | \ˈme-dᵊl \

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

medal

verb
medaled also medalled; medaling also medalling\ ˈmed-​liŋ, ˈme-​dᵊl-​iŋ \

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

medallion, order

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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

Olympic gold medal figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi is 47. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 12 July 2018 The other gold medal winners will be featured in this space in the next three weeks. Elaine Rooker Jack, The Courier-Journal, "Atherton graduate wins national Scholastic Gold Medal for illustration," 1 June 2018 That mix of low prices and nostalgia, coupled with a reputation for tastiness — Thrifty ice creams are perennial medal winners at the L.A. County Fair — has fueled generations of devotion. Samantha Masunaga, latimes.com, "Thrifty ice cream — a portal to childhood — is being sold to Albertsons. What does that mean for its future?," 18 May 2018 Gold medal winners include Almaas Sharif, Huda Khadri, Saima Sultana, Samantha Wang, Riya Trikha, Hailey Krueger and Trupti Sadigale. Michelle Mullins, Naperville Sun, "Naperville People in the News," 15 May 2018 A dozen other high schools in the region, including some that are racially and economically diverse, were among approximately 2,200 schools rated overall silver medal winners. Ann Doss Helms, charlotteobserver, "5 Charlotte-area high schools rate among nation's best. What do they have in common? | Charlotte Observer," 9 May 2018 From gold medal winners to (supposed) talking parrots, the day had no shortage of wins and fails. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Roundup of Most Interesting Ways Picks Have Announced on Last Day of NFL Draft," 28 Apr. 2018 Hosting the Olympic and Paralympic athletes has been a decades-old tradition at the White House and the group included a long list of medal winners, several of whom Trump invited up to the podium to speak. Houston Chronicle, "Trump welcomes US Olympic athletes to the White House," 27 Apr. 2018 Pro partner: Artem Chigvintsey Athlete: Jennie Finch Daigle, two-time Olympic medal winner in softball. Kristi Turnquist, OregonLive.com, "Tonya Harding, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar among 'Dancing With the Stars: Athletes' cast," 13 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Still, Nyjari kept medaling in national races, and her times earned state and national rankings. Katherine Dunn, baltimoresun.com, "Once a reluctant runner, Franklin's Nyjari McNeil enjoying record-setting career," 25 May 2018 Additionally, this victory is the very first time U.S. women have ever medaled in the sport. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "These Cross-Country Skiers Just Made a Whole Lot of Olympic History in a Shocking Upset," 21 Feb. 2018 At 37 years and 333 days old on Saturday, Bjoergen was the second-oldest woman to ever medal in the team relay. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, "Marit Bjoergen makes history with 13th career medal at 2018 Winter Olympics," 17 Feb. 2018 She had never medaled at regionals before, let alone win an event. Gary Curreri, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Twisters gymnasts set to showcase their routines on the national stage," 28 Apr. 2018 Cinco Ranch won three girls relays, while Strake Jesuit medaled in five, both gaining enough points to win their divisions. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Cinco Ranch, Strake Jesuit lead Bubba Fife Relays," 9 Mar. 2018 Canadian men have medaled in curling at every Olympics since the sport was reintroduced in 1998, and the team had won the last three golds. Jon Tayler, SI.com, "Friday's Olympic Digest: A Great Night for Russia, a Bad Day for Canada," 23 Feb. 2018 Though Wednesday and Thursday saw an uptick in medaling, the fact remains the United States will likely have its worst Olympics since 1998's Nagano, Japan, Games. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "Confirmed: We Are Bad at the Olympics This Year," 22 Feb. 2018 Langton is returning to these games as is Chris Fogt, who was in Holcomb's four-man sled that medaled in Sochi. USA TODAY, "Olsen, Cunningham, Bascue lead US Olympic bobsled team," 15 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of medal

Noun

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1979, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for medal

Noun

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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medal

noun

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

medal

verb

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

: to win a medal

medal

noun
med·​al | \ˈme-dᵊl \

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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