me·​dal·​lion | \ mə-ˈdal-yən How to pronounce medallion (audio) \

Definition of medallion

1 : a large medal
2 : something resembling a large medal especially : a tablet or panel in a wall or window bearing a figure in relief, a portrait, or an ornament
3 or less commonly medaillon \ mā-​dä-​ˈyōⁿ How to pronounce medaillon (audio) \ : a small, round or oval serving (as of meat or fish)

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the hockey team received a gold medallion at the Olympics
Recent Examples on the Web The panel will also recommend that the city consider buying back medallions from people who bought them at city auctions, according to the draft. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "New York Is Urged to Consider Surge Pricing for Taxis," 30 Jan. 2020 In recent weeks, there have been new efforts to help taxi medallion owners. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "Bailout Up to $500 Million Proposed for Taxi Drivers Trapped in Loans," 15 Jan. 2020 Each inductee received a medallion and a plaque that will be placed inside the Hall of Fame rotunda. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Brooks & Dunn, Ray Stevens join Country Music Hall of Fame," 20 Oct. 2019 From Trump socks and purses to shirts depicting the president as a tatted, shirtless gangster wearing a huge gold dollar-sign medallion, here’s a look at some of the more notable fashion choices inside and outside Tuesday’s rally. Brett Clarkson,, "At President Trump’s Sunrise rally, many let their clothes do the talking," 26 Nov. 2019 The cardboard was glued to the back of the medallion. Jura Koncius,, "This fall, drop the decor cliches," 31 Oct. 2019 Here’s another one: New York City medallion taxis are exempt from state laws that otherwise require children under the age of 4 to use child-safety seats. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Technology Sabotaged Public Safety," 10 Oct. 2019 There’s even a brown beer keg medallion at the end of the necklace. Alicia Kortendick, al, "Get into the Oktoberfest spirit: 9 costume, accessory and decoration ideas," 19 Sep. 2019 The huge circular medallion that hung from her neck. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "The Best Fashion Instagrams of the Week: Erykah Badu, Lizzo, and More," 17 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of medallion

1658, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for medallion

French médaillon, from Italian medaglione, augmentative of medaglia

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The first known use of medallion was in 1658

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14 Feb 2020

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“Medallion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of medallion

: a large medal
: a decoration that is shaped like a large medal
: a small, round piece of food (such as meat)


me·​dal·​lion | \ mə-ˈdal-yən How to pronounce medallion (audio) \

Kids Definition of medallion

1 : a large medal
2 : a decoration shaped like a large medal

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