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

In the iconic race of his life, Lindy upset the talented field to win the Olympic gold medal in the 100-meter Dash at the 1952 Olympic Games in Helsinki, Finland. courant.com, "Lindy John Remigino," 14 July 2018 If Croatia does beat France, its people might recall the words of one of the country’s most famous athletes, Mate Parlov, who won an Olympic gold medal in boxing. The Christian Science Monitor, "Why this World Cup final is like no other," 13 July 2018 Just months after winning an Olympic gold medal, Alaska cross-country skier Kikkan Randall found two pea-sized lumps in her breast. Tegan Hanlon, Anchorage Daily News, "‘So surreal’: Olympic gold medalist Kikkan Randall announces breast cancer diagnosis, returns to Anchorage for treatment," 12 July 2018 This summer two by-elections are needed to replace Earl Baldwin of Bewdley, a former French and German teacher turned cross-bencher, and Lord Glentoran, a Tory peer who once won an Olympic gold medal in the bobsleigh. The Economist, "Peers fight for a place in the House of Lords," 21 June 2018 Donovan won an Olympic gold medal as a player and a coach. Indystar Sports, Indianapolis Star, "First Indiana Fever coach dies at 56," 13 June 2018 Daley Thompson, who won the Olympic gold medal in 1980 and '84, is the Great Britain record holder at 8,847. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Former Arcadia athlete Tim Duckworth wins NCAA decathlon championship," 8 June 2018 Josh Gordon will be a good 'big brother' to Antonio Callaway, says sprinter Tim Montgomery CLEVELAND, Ohio -- Last offseason, former Olympic gold medal sprinter Tim Montgomery helped Josh Gordon get back on his feet. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland.com, "How will Tyrod Taylor respond to Baker Mayfield's challenge? Hey, Mary Kay! (video)," 11 May 2018 The ice center is named for Alyson Dudek, a Hales Corners favorite daughter, who won an Olympic medal in speed skating in 2010. Jane Ford-stewart, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Fundraising for an Olympic-sized ice rink in Hales Corners is almost over," 30 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Wildcats’ Booker bags bronze Jordan Booker medaled for Humble. Jason Mcdaniel, Houston Chronicle, "Track: Two golds from Atascocita tops area performances at state," 21 May 2018 And sure, while he isn't expected to medal 1) this is the Olympics and just about anything is possible and 2) whoever says Rippon isn’t the best really is just a hater. Shannon Barbour, Cosmopolitan, "Olympic "Glamazon" Adam Rippon Says the Haters are His Motivators," 16 Feb. 2018 Winning an Olympic medal would put them in rare company: no brother-sister duo has medaled since 1984 when American skaters Kitty and Peter Carruthers won silver. Jenna West, SI.com, "Daily Olympic Digest: We're Off and Running in PyeongChang!," 10 Feb. 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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