med·​al·​ist | \ˈme-dᵊl-ist \
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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An all-Hungarian semi-final against Szekely Land was blown apart thanks to goals either side of half-time from György Toma, with Gergő Gyürki making their spot in the final safe despite a late push from last year's European bronze medalists., "CONIFA World Football Cup Final Preview: Key Men, Road to the Final, Where to Watch and More," 8 June 2018 That’s why the U.S.—a three-time gold medalist on the Olympic diamond—is taking the dramatic step of helping its opponents get better. Claire Zillman, Fortune, "Saudi Women Drivers, U.S. Softball, Bill Clinton Whiffs on #MeToo: Broadsheet for June 5," 5 June 2018 For four-time Olympic medalist Cullen Jones, coming down to Druid Hill Park to teach Baltimore youth how to swim wasn’t just a way to give them a way to cool down on a sweltering June afternoon. Katherine Fominykh,, "Gold-medalist Olympic swimmer Cullen Jones teaches Baltimore kids the importance of swimming," 2 June 2018 On the topic of super powers, two-time Olympic medalist and Indiana native Nick Goepper said reading minds and teleportation aren't for him. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, "Chris ‘Thor’ Hemsworth generates superhero buzz among Indy 500 celebs," 27 May 2018 After earning fifth place in the long jump with a leap of 18 feet, 9.75 inches, Aldana and her fellow medalists waited for more than an hour in a tent before finally receiving their medals. Bob Narang,, "Girls track state notes: Maine South's Olivia Niziolek takes 4th in memorable 1,600," 21 May 2018 Writing for Outside, Martin Fritz Huber ponders the lack of warmth some in the running community feel for two-time Olympic medalist Galen Rupp. Ken Goe,, "Nobody likes the Oregon Project's Galen Rupp? Says who? Oregon track & field rundown," 18 May 2018 As with other freestyle skiing events, four men and four women will compete for the United States in the slopestyle event, including three returning medalists. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "This Olympic slopestyle skier got his start at Perfect North in Indiana," 13 Feb. 2018 Madison Chock and Evan Bates Chock, 25, and Bates, 28 are this year’s ice-dancing national bronze medalists. Alexia Lafata, The Cut, "Meet the U.S. Figure Skating Team for the 2018 Olympics," 5 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of medalist

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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: a person who receives or wins a medal

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