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

Examples of medalist in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Kulichenko, a silver medalist at the 2017 European Youth Olympic Festival, was able to easily gain second citizenship because her father works and owns property in the country. Madeline Roache, Time, 6 July 2021 The 2016 gold medalist at 97kg -- at just 20 years old and fresh off his sophomore season at Ohio State -- will be looking to repeat after cruising through the 2021 U.S. Olympic trials in April. Mark Osborne, ABC News, 5 July 2021 Murphy, 25, is a graduate of the University of California, Berkley and a three-time Olympic gold medalist who qualified to compete in the 200m and 100m backstroke at the Tokyo Games during the Team USA swimming trials in June. Jacorey Moon,, 1 July 2021 Katie, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, opened her ambitious week of swimming on Monday with the preliminaries and final of the 400 freestyle. New York Times, 17 June 2021 The refugee team for the Tokyo Olympics will have 29 athletes competing in 12 sports, including a medalist at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games who left Iran citing institutional sexism. Graham Dunbar, Star Tribune, 8 June 2021 The 2016 Olympian and silver medalist at the 2017 World Outdoor Championships was focused on her own goals. Ken Goe For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 28 May 2021 Biles is already one of the world's most famous and compelling athletes, a four-time Olympic gold medalist who has no peers in her sport -- now or ever. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, 23 May 2021 Lee Evans, a San Jose State graduate, social justice advocate and two-time Olympic gold medalist who was part of the iconic social justice protests at the 1968 Summer Games, has died. Michael Lerseth, San Francisco Chronicle, 19 May 2021

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First Known Use of medalist

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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16 Jul 2021

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“Medalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of medalist

: a person who receives or wins a medal

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