med·​al·​ist | \ ˈme-dᵊl-ist How to pronounce medalist (audio) \
variants: or medallist

Definition of medalist

1 : a designer, engraver, or maker of medals
2 : a recipient of a medal as an award

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Several members of the silver medalist Brazilian team saluted and Canada's bronze-winning team stood quietly. Eric Levenson, CNN, "American gold medalist kneels during national anthem at the Pan Am Games," 11 Aug. 2019 Simpson, 32, was the World Championship winner in 2011 and silver medalist in 2013 and 2017. Buddy Collings,, "Teahna Daniels, Jenny Simpson, Sinclaire Johnson qualify for IAAF World Track and Field Championships," 29 July 2019 The Americans posted a team score of 171.00 in winning Saturday, ahead of Canada, the silver medalist, and Brazil, which won the bronze. Luis Andres Henao,, "Morgan Hurd inspires other young gymnasts to wear eyeglasses," 28 July 2019 The silver medalist in the 80-meter hurdle in the 1932 Olympics games, Hall-Adams is a part of San Diego’s rich Olympic legacy. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Recalling 3 San Diego Olympians in their own words," 28 July 2019 Frerichs, the silver medalist at the 2017 World Championships, finished in 9 minutes, 46.35 seconds, with Ostrander right behind in 9:47.54. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "Alaska runner Allie Ostrander shines in her pro debut," 27 July 2019 After Sun won the 400 free, silver medalist Mack Horton of Australia refused to step on the podium or acknowledge Sun during the medals ceremony. Beth Harris,, "China’s Sun Yang gets shunned again on podium at world swimming championships," 23 July 2019 The event will feature food stations, a silent auction and a speech from Victoria Arlen, a Paralympic gold and silver medalist. Daily Pilot, "Around Town: Ziggy Marley and Pat Benatar among Pacific Amphitheatre concerts in the next week," 18 July 2019 For the final day of competition, the two attended four-man bobsled, and spent time with Lauren Gibbs, the silver medalist in bobsled. Maggie Hendricks, For The Win, "Olympic silver medalist posts picture with Ivanka Trump: 'We don’t have to agree on everything'," 24 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of medalist

1685, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of medalist was in 1685

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English Language Learners Definition of medalist

: a person who receives or wins a medal

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