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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Since the introduction of ride-hailing in New York, cabdriver earnings and medallion values have plummeted amid an industrywide drop in driver earnings. Paul Berger, WSJ, "Judge Stalls Congestion Fee on Manhattan Taxis," 20 Dec. 2018 Davis said that earlier on the day of the shooting, his nephew, also a Crips member, had tried to steal a Death Row Records medallion from a member of Tupac’s entourage who was reportedly affiliated with the rival gang Bloods. Ryan Gaydos, Fox News, "Ex-gangster claims he knows who really killed Tupac in Netflix series, producer calls for charges," 2 Oct. 2018 To that end, Lyft and Via, a local competitor, proposed a $100 million fund — paid for by the companies — to help taxi drivers suffering from medallion debt. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber and Lyft are fighting a critical battle against New York City — and this time, they might not win," 2 Aug. 2018 One of his clients is Cohen, who for more than two decades bought taxi medallions expanding a business started by his father-in-law. Kara Scannell, CNN, "'Taxi King' gets better plea deal after raid on Trump's lawyer," 29 May 2018 In October 2014, when ride-share services arrived in Philadelphia, each of the city’s 1,610 taxi medallions were worth about $545,000. Jason Laughlin,, "Philadelphia taxis lose another legal challenge to Uber," 28 Mar. 2018 According to court documents, Cohen also hid millions earned from his business leasing taxi medallions to cab operators in New York and Chicago. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Michael Cohen’s plea deal revealed he made $30,000 from selling a handbag. The Birkin economy, explained.," 22 Aug. 2018 As the number of ride-hail vehicles on the road rocketed to more than 80,000, the price of a taxi medallion — issued by the TLC — has plummeted from $1.3 million in 2013 to between $160,000 and $250,000. Johana Bhuiyan, Recode, "Uber and Lyft are fighting a critical battle against New York City — and this time, they might not win," 2 Aug. 2018 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

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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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