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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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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The medallion is a metal shield affixed to a car that gives the driver the right to pick up street hails in certain parts of the city. Katie Honan, WSJ, "Taxi Study Suggests Setting Minimum Wage for Drivers of Ride-Hailing Apps," 2 July 2018 Brass and crystal chandeliers hung from elaborate plaster medallions in the parlor, foyer, and family room. Sally A. Downey,, "Coming home to an 1880 English country manor in Montgomery County," 9 Apr. 2018 The most common patterns are various riffs on square motifs, though more unconventional takes, like sunbursts or medallions, also count. Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Parquet Flooring: What Exactly Is it?," 15 Apr. 2019 Fleming accessorized her look with a chain necklace with a lion medallion from an antique shop in Hudson, New York. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "This Look Is Money: How Three Editors Dress for Work," 22 Mar. 2019 But the fee was postponed following a last-minute legal challenge by taxi drivers and owners of medallions, the license to pick up street hails in Manhattan. ... Paul Berger, WSJ, "Judge Allows Manhattan Congestion Charge on Taxi Rides to Start," 31 Jan. 2019 Municipal records show Cohen and his wife have 32 taxi medallions in New York City and at least 22 in Chicago., "Trump Lawyer Cohen Finds Finances Examined by Prosecutors," 12 Apr. 2018 Cohosted by Mene’s Diana Widmaier Picasso, the launch party offered guests a first look at the limited-edition rings, medallions, and charms. Zachary Schwartz, Vogue, "A House Party, but Make It Fashion: Inez and Vinoodh Celebrate Their Mene Jewelry Collaboration," 12 Feb. 2019 But the fee was suspended by a state court judge, pending a legal challenge from taxi drivers and medallion owners, who say the fee is unconstitutional. Paul Berger, WSJ, "MTA Holds Off on Fare and Toll Increases Proposed for March," 24 Jan. 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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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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