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1. A flat piece of metal stamped with a design or an inscription commemorating an event or a person, often given as an award.
2. A piece of metal stamped with a religious device, used as an object of veneration or commemoration.
v. med·aled, med·al·ing, med·als also med·alled or med·al·ling Informal
To win a medal, as in a sports contest: "We were the first Americans to medal" (Jill Watson).
To award a medal to.
[French médaille, from Old French, from Italian medaglia, coin worth half a denarius, medal, from Vulgar Latin *medālia, coins worth half a denarius, from Late Latin mediālia, little halves, from neuter pl. of mediālis, of the middle, medial; see medial.]
me·dal′lic (mə-dăl′ĭk) adj.
a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc
vb, -als, -alling or -alled, -als, -aling or -aled
1. (tr) to honour with a medal
2. (General Sporting Terms) (intr) informal (in sport) to win a medal
[C16: from French médaille, probably from Italian medaglia, ultimately from Latin metallum metal]
n., v. -aled, -al•ing or (esp. Brit.) -alled, -al•ling. n.
1. a flat piece of metal, often a disk, bearing an inscription or design and issued as a token of commemoration or as a reward for bravery, merit, or the like.
2. a similar object bearing a religious image, as of a saint.v.i.
3. to receive a medal, esp. in a sporting event: He medaled in three of four races.
[1580–90; earlier medaille < Middle French < Italian medaglia a copper coin « Late Latin mediālia]
Past participle: medalled
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|Noun||1.||medal - an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event|
accolade, honor, laurels, honour, award - a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an award for bravery"
Congressional Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor - the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
Distinguished Service Medal - a United States military decoration for meritorious service in wartime duty of great responsibility
Distinguished Service Cross - a United States Army decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Navy Cross - a United States Navy decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Distinguished Flying Cross - a United States Air Force decoration for heroism while participating in an aerial flight
Air Medal - a United States Air Force decoration for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
Bronze Star, Bronze Star Medal - a United States military decoration awarded for meritorious service (except in aerial flight)
Order of the Purple Heart, Purple Heart - a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
Oak Leaf Cluster - a United States military decoration consisting of bronze or silver oak leaves and acorns awarded to anyone who has won a given medal before
Victoria Cross - a British military decoration for gallantry
Distinguished Conduct Medal - a British military decoration for distinguished conduct in the field
Distinguished Service Order - a British military decoration for special service in action
Croix de Guerre - a French military decoration for gallantry
Medaille Militaire - a French military decoration
MedalsBronze Star (U.S.), Congressional Medal of Honor (U.S.), Croix de Guerre (France), Distinguished Service Cross (U.S.), Distinguished Service Order (English), Gege Cross (English), Iron Cross (German), Légion d'Honneur (France), Legion of Merit (U.S.), Militaire Willemsorde (Dutch), Purple Heart (U.S.), Royal Red Cross (English), Silver Star (U.S.), Victoria Cross (English)
medal[ˈmɛdl] n → medaglia
a piece of metal with a design, inscription etc stamped on it, given as a reward for bravery, long service, excellence etc, or made to celebrate a special occasion. He won a medal in the War. medalje مِداليَه، وِسام медал medalha medaile die Medaille, der Orden medalje μετάλλιοmedalla medal مدال mitali médailleמדליה पदक medalja, kolajna érem medali minnis-/verðlaunapeningur; orða medaglia メダル 메달, 기장(記章) medalis medaļa pingat medaillemedaljemedal مدال medalha medalie; decoraţie медаль medaila medalja medalja medalj เหรียญรางวัล madalya, nişan 獎章 медаль تمغا huân chương 奖章ˈmedallist , (American) ˈmedalist noun
a person who has won a medal in a competition etc. medaljewenner صانِع الأوْسِمَه медалист medalhista držitel medaile Inhaber(in) einer Medaille medaljevinder κάτοχος μεταλλίου medallista medaliomanik, -võitja برنده مدال mitalisti médaillé/-ée בַּעַל מְדַליָה पदक-धारी nosioc medalje éremtulajdonos; érmes pemenang medali verðlaunahafi medaglista メダル受賞者 메달리스트, 메달 수령자 medalininkas medaļas ieguvējs pemenang pingat medaillewinnaarmedaljevinner medalista د مدال ګټونكى medalhista medaliat медалист držiteľ medaily dobitnik medalje osvajač medalje medaljör ผู้ได้รับเหรียญ madalya kazanan kimse 獎章獲得者 медаліст تمغا حاصل کرنے والا người được tặng huân chương 奖章获得者