med·​al·​ist | \ ˈme-dᵊl-ist How to pronounce medalist (audio) \
variants: or medallist

Definition of medalist

1 : a designer, engraver, or maker of medals
2 : a recipient of a medal as an award

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Darien’s Alexander Gu was the medalist with a 4-over 75. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Sheehan’s Bogan, Canton’s Mitchell among local winners at New England Outdoor Track and Field Championship," 8 June 2019 As a competitor, North was an Olympic gold medalist and a multi-time world champion who also sailed around the world. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Innovator North always pushed the envelope, but ‘wasn’t afraid to fail’," 5 June 2019 Italy’s Carolina Kostner, the 2014 bronze medalist, was fifth, one spot in front of Japan’s Kaori Sakamoto. Washington Post, "Russians get 1st gold thanks to 15-year-old Zagitova," 23 Feb. 2018 Anderson, the 2014 and 2018 gold medalist in slopestyle, scored a 90 on her first run of the final. Dan Gartland,, "American Jamie Anderson Takes Silver in Snowboarding Big Air," 21 Feb. 2018 The 2014 Sochi gold medalist is joined by Brita Sigourney and Annalisa Drew in the finals. USA TODAY, "USA hockey faces elimination and 4 other things to watch on Day 11 of the Winter Olympics," 19 Feb. 2018 For years, the Shib Sibs trained with Charlie White and Meryl Davis, the 2014 Olympic gold medalists. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Five Michigan ice dancers grew up together, now competing for medals," 18 Feb. 2018 Japanese veteran Noriaki Kasai, the 2014 large hill silver medalist, failed to qualify for the final round. Jim Armstrong,, "King of large hill, Poland's Kamil Stoch wins Olympic gold in ski jumping," 17 Feb. 2018 Sweden, the 2014 silver medalist, should be strong again. Helene Elliott,, "Lack of NHL stars means chance at Olympic glory for unknown players," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of medalist

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of medalist was in 1685

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English Language Learners Definition of medalist

: a person who receives or wins a medal

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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