me·​dal·​lion | \mə-ˈdal-yən \

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

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Synonyms for medallion


medal, order

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Examples of medallion in a Sentence

the hockey team received a gold medallion at the Olympics

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Freidman has been Cohen’s partner in the taxi business for years, managing cabs for him even after New York City regulators barred Freidman last year from continuing to manage medallions. Danny Hakim,, "Michael Cohen’s business partner agrees to cooperate as part of plea deal," 23 May 2018 Third-party retailers will cease selling the $2, good-for-one-ride medallions in July. Oona Goodin-smith,, "Your 2018 guide to the Jersey Shore, N.J. schools 'most segregated' in nation | Morning Newsletter," 18 May 2018 And Michael Cohen, bless his heart, owns New York City taxicab medallions. Jay Willis, GQ, "Why Did Michael Cohen Reportedly Receive Half a Million Dollars from a Putin Associate's Firm?," 9 May 2018 The Shatayners run one of the largest taxi operations in Chicago and own more than three dozen medallions. Gloria Borger, CNN, "FBI raid sought information on taxi owners linked to Trump's lawyer," 13 Apr. 2018 Another customer designed a medallion with her daughter’s initials, birthday, and a set of wings, to remind her the skies were limitless. Emily Farra, Vogue, "Foundrae’s New Bespoke Jewelry Allows You to Create Your Own Story With Enamel, Symbols, and Gemstones," 6 Nov. 2018 But last week, startup Undercover Colors broke from the pack with the release of its first portable test, a device shaped like a small medallion that retails for $5 to $7. Jenny Hollander, Marie Claire, "Undercover Colors' Date Rape Drug Test Tells You in 60 Seconds If Your Drink Was Drugged," 13 Sep. 2018 At issue, as well, was how Cohen’s company handled dozens of taxi medallions and if income from those were properly reported to the Internal Revenue Service. Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Fox News, "Michael Cohen's case, from standing by Trump to implicating him in plea deal: A timeline," 22 Aug. 2018 Taxi medallion owners have seen the value of their licenses drop steadily since Uber’s arrival. Andrew J. Hawkins, The Verge, "Uber and Lyft are facing a major crackdown in New York City," 27 July 2018

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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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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 \

Kids Definition of medallion

1 : a large medal

2 : a decoration shaped like a large medal

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