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 In one TikTok spot, Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky swims the length of a pool with a glass of chocolate milk balanced on her head. Dee-ann Durbin, The Christian Science Monitor, "Got milk? Dairy industry revives classic slogan as sales rise.," 3 Aug. 2020 The narrator was nine-time Olympic gold medalist Mark Spitz, who was coached as a teenager by Zador. Dennis Passa, Star Tribune, ""Blood in the Water:" War in the 1956 Olympic pool," 3 Aug. 2020 In her Instagram Story, the five-time Olympic gold medalist tapped tennis player Sloane Stephens to complete the challenge next. Lindsay Kimble,, "Katie Ledecky Swims Lap with Glass of Chocolate Milk on Her Head — Without Spilling It," 3 Aug. 2020 On Tuesday, eight-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, 33, introduced the world to his daughter, Olympia Lightning Bolt. TheWeek, "Usain Bolt gave his daughter a truly epic name," 7 July 2020 Those include athletes with Indiana ties, such as Olympic bronze medalist Ashley Spencer, three-time Olympian Kara Winger, two-time Olympic finalist Molly Huddle, Lynna Irby and Andy Bayer. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, "USATF has not given up on holding track and field national meet," 30 June 2020 At the same meet in Portland, former Northern Arizona runner Lopez Lomong was second in the men's 5,000 behind World bronze medalist Moh Ahmed, who won in 12:47.20. Jeff Metcalfe, The Arizona Republic, "Former ASU star Shelby Houlihan lowers her U.S. 5,000-meter record," 12 July 2020 Tributes have flooded in for the popular two-time boardercross gold medalist at snowboarding world championships. Jack Guy, CNN, "Two-time world champion snowboarder Alex Pullin dies in spearfishing accident," 8 July 2020 Like the day Jonathan became friends with Olympic silver and bronze medalist Michelle Kwan, who gave season 4 hero John Stoner's ice-skating daughter some pro tips. Gerrad Hall,, "Queer Eye hosts on that captivating scene with Wesley's shooter that almost didn't happen," 6 July 2020

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First Known Use of medalist

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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8 Aug 2020

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“Medalist.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of medalist

: a person who receives or wins a medal

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