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med·​al ˈme-dᵊl How to pronounce medal (audio)
: a small usually metal object bearing a religious emblem or picture
: 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


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medaled also medalled; medaling also medalling
ˈme-dᵊl-iŋ How to pronounce medal (audio)

intransitive verb

: to win a medal
medaled in figure skating

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Drawer upon drawer reveals antique pens, watches, clocks, cuff links, medals, lighters, more hood ornaments including a bulldog and assorted devils, a complete set of maps for the early British motorist, and a full dining set in a hamper. Paul Croughton, Robb Report, 17 Feb. 2024 Paris Olympic medals will feature fragments from what iconic landmark? 5. CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 The men's pole vault is brimming with Olympic and world medals. Katelyn Hutchison, Forbes, 14 Feb. 2024 Typically, Olympic medals don’t incorporate novelty materials. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Feb. 2024 With a background in athletics, multiple Olympic medals, and a husband with a prior NFL career, a Super Bowl watch party is always a hosting event for her. Emily Vanschmus, Better Homes & Gardens, 9 Feb. 2024 Bill Koch wins a silver in the 30-kilometer cross-country race to become the first American to win a medal in a Nordic event. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 5 Feb. 2024 His awards collection resembles Scrooge McDuck’s bank vault — there’s plenty of gold among his 50-plus national and international medals. Peter Rowe, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Feb. 2024 This month’s classes include a beer bottle opener, a wooden race medal/bib display and a carry-all caddy. Sarah Pryor, Charlotte Observer, 31 Jan. 2024
See: Red Gerard, who, at the 2018 PyeongChang Games, became the youngest American to medal in a snowboarding event at the Olympics, or Chloe Kim, who at those same Games became the youngest woman to win an Olympic snowboarding gold medal. Michelle Bruton, Forbes, 16 Feb. 2024 Jordan Taylor, 14, a favorite to medal in the 100 and 200, qualified for the 100 semifinals with the 15th fastest time but was injured during the race and scratched himself from both events. Miami Herald, 30 Jan. 2024 Felicia Stancil will be favored in women’s BMX, and Haley Batten should medal in mountain biking. John Powers,, 26 July 2023 Claude-Alain Mayor, the secretary general for the Association for the Promotion of Chasselas (APC), confirmed that Laurel Ridge is the first American winery to medal at the competition. Michael Alberty | , oregonlive, 11 Aug. 2023 In other action Thursday, the U.S. women's hockey team fell to Canada in the gold medal game, settling for silver and Mikaela Shiffrin skied out in the slalom run of the combined and will not medal in Beijing. Editors, USA TODAY, 17 Feb. 2022 Oklahoma City All-NBA guard Shai Gilgeous-Alexander had 30 points, seven assists, four rebounds and three steals for Canada, which is trying to medal at the FIBA World Cup for the first time. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 3 Sep. 2023 The United States failed to medal for the second consecutive World Cup. Tim Reynolds,, 10 Sep. 2023 Even if Jokic doesn’t play, Serbia should field an experience team that could medal. Jeff Zillgitt, USA TODAY, 10 June 2023 See More

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Word History



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

First Known Use


circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of medal was circa 1578

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Cite this Entry

“Medal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: 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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