medal

noun
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

medal

verb
medaled also medalled; medaling also medalling\ ˈmed-​liŋ , ˈme-​dᵊl-​iŋ How to pronounce medal (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 Byfield went from riding the bench in Canada’s gold-medal game last year to serving a key role this winter, despite still being the team’s youngest player at 18 years and 4 months. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, "Kings and Ducks prospects excel at world junior championship," 6 Jan. 2021 Third place went to APU’s Hunter Wonders, who was part of the 2018 silver-medal relay team at the World Juniors. Anchorage Daily News, "179 skiers sprint through the snow at Kincaid Park," 20 Dec. 2020 John Carlos, who stood next to Tommie Smith on that 1968 medal stand, is one of the 44 members of the council. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, "Team USA Backs Allowing Athlete Protests at Olympics," 10 Dec. 2020 The boycott was not successful but Edwards’ activism did lead to the medal-stand protest of Smith and Carlos, two San Jose State athletes. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "How the Bay Area became the sports world’s epicenter of revolutionary thought," 24 Nov. 2020 Seventeen days after the gold medal game, Okoro officially committed to Auburn. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "2020 NBA Draft: Isaac Okoro is willing to do whatever it takes to win, can be ‘elite two-way player’ in Andre Iguodala mold," 13 Nov. 2020 Olympic gold medal figure skater Robin Cousins is 63. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 17 Aug. 2020 The former hotel manager, played by actor Don Cheadle, was even awarded the U.S. medal of freedom by the Bush Administration for his bravery. Kimberly Dozier, Time, "Diplomats, Family Push for Release of Detained 'Hotel Rwanda' Hero," 23 Dec. 2020 Obama awarded Adkins the medal in 2014, almost 50 years after his heroic actions in the jungles of Vietnam. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al, "Sergeants, sons, nurses, mothers: Stories of the 4,100 Alabama lives lost to COVID," 16 Dec. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb That includes delegations from Canada, Japan and South Korea, all of which medaled in the 2018 Olympics. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "For two Olympians, this weekend in Milwaukee is a chance to get on track toward their speedskating dreams," 30 Jan. 2020 Freshman Chad Correia medaled for the Shamrocks, shooting a 2-over-par 38 at George Wright Golf Course. BostonGlobe.com, "On Thursday afternoon, the Whitman-Hanson sophomore took a feed from the midfield, sprinted down the right wing, outpacing every Silver Lake defender, and fired a shot into the net, capping her three-goal performance in a 3-0 Patriot League win for the fifth-ranked Panthers.," 18 Oct. 2019 In a shocker, Team USA will not medal, losing to France 89-79 in the quarterfinals in Dongguan, China. Jill Martin, CNN, "Team USA loses to France in FIBA World Cup quarterfinals," 11 Sep. 2019 Flash forward quite a few years, and Lacey has signed to Nike skateboarding, medaled in countless X Games event, and was recently named to the first-ever United States skateboarding Olympic team. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Skateboarder Lacey Baker on Gender Identity and Inclusivity," 8 Aug. 2019 Connelly was one of two Americans to medal at this year’s world championships held on the Gran Sasso ridgelines near L’Aquila, Italy. Anchorage Daily News, "Chugiak teen caps mountain running season with a bronze medal and an inspirational award," 23 Aug. 2019 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. BostonGlobe.com, "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, SI.com, "New Sports Like Skateboarding and Climbing Give New Athletes Olympic Dreams," 26 July 2019

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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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The first known use of medal was circa 1578

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15 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Medal.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/medal. Accessed 26 Jan. 2021.

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medal

noun
How to pronounce medal (audio)

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 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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