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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In addition, the councilmen said, the city would not need to spend $1 million per medallion. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "A Bailout for Taxi Drivers? The Mayor Says No, but Others Keep Pushing," 8 July 2019 The painting was based on English potter Josiah Wedgwood’s design, first used on an anti-slavery medallion in 1787, as part of a political campaign by The Society for the Abolition of the Slave Trade. Adam Rasmi, Quartz, "A restored painting by 18th-century abolitionists shows the power of a political logo," 22 Aug. 2019 White had carried three religious artifacts with him on that walk—a star of David, a crucifix, and a Saint Christopher medallion—and had expressed a desire to one day carry a Bible to the moon. Daniel Oberhaus, WIRED, "Spaceflight and Spirituality, a Complicated Relationship," 16 July 2019 The Rose Festival Treasure Hunt – where people follow clues to find a hidden medallion for prizes – is back again for 2019., "2019 Rose Festival Treasure Hunt: Clue 16," 9 June 2019 Seating’s at 6 and 8 p.m. Chef Dean Corbett will prepare a four-course meal that includes sea scallops with champagne and mushroom risotto and prime beef medallions with a poached rock lobster tail. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Here's a list of 20+ things to do around Louisville this New Year's Eve," 27 Dec. 2017 At its height, Melrose’s books included more than $1.5 billion in loans collateralized by thousands of medallions — including some owned by Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer. Brian M. Rosenthal, New York Times, "A Super Bowl Trip, a Bribery Indictment and the Taxi Industry’s Corruption," 11 July 2019 The value of medallions crashed with the advent of tens of thousands of competing app-based for-hire vehicles since 2014. Washington Post, "Microsoft, hospital chain reach cloud deal," 9 July 2019 New York City will tighten rules for the purchase and refinancing of taxi medallions following a 45-day review ordered by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Paul Berger, WSJ, "New York City to Increase Regulation of Taxi Medallions," 8 July 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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