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 medallion (audio) \ : a small, round or oval serving (as of meat or fish)

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Examples of medallion in a Sentence

the hockey team received a gold medallion at the Olympics
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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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19 May 2022

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“Medallion.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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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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