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medal

noun med·al \ ˈme-dᵊl \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of medal

1 : a small usually metal object bearing a religious emblem or picture
2 : 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

Examples of medal in a Sentence

  1. He was awarded a medal for his heroism.

  2. the display case held an impressive array of military medals from World War II

Recent Examples of medal from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of medal

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


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medal

verb

Definition of medal

medaled also medalled; medaling also medalling \ˈmed-liŋ, ˈme-dᵊl-iŋ\
intransitive verb
: to win a medal
  • medaled in figure skating

Examples of medal in a Sentence

  1. She medaled in figure skating in the Olympics.

Recent Examples of medal from the Web

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First Known Use of medal

1979



MEDAL Defined for English Language Learners

medal

noun

Definition of medal for English Language Learners

  • : a piece of metal often in the form of a coin with designs and words in honor of a special event, a person, or an achievement


medal

verb

Definition of medal for English Language Learners

  • : to win a medal


MEDAL Defined for Kids

medal

noun med·al \ ˈme-dᵊl \

Definition of medal for Students

: 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

Headscratcher for medal

The four words medal, meddle, metal, and mettle are often pronounced the same, but they have very different meanings. Here's a sentence that uses them all. “I don't mean to meddle, but did you win that medal made of metal by showing your mettle?”



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