Medal



[med-l] /ˈmɛd l/

noun
1.
a flat piece of metal, often a disk but sometimes a cross, star, or other form, usually bearing an inscription or design, issued to commemorate a person, action, or event, or given as a reward for bravery, merit, or the like:
a gold medal for the best swimmer.
2.
a similar object bearing a religious image, as of a saint:
a Saint Christopher’s medal.
verb (used with object), medaled, medaling or (especially British) medalled, medalling.
3.
to decorate or honor with a medal.
verb (used without object), medaled, medaling or (especially British) medalled, medalling.
4.
to receive a medal, especially in a sporting event:
He medaled in three of four races.
/ˈmɛdəl/
noun
1.
a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc
verb -als, -alling, -alled (US) -als, -aling, -aled
2.
(transitive) to honour with a medal
3.
(intransitive) (informal) (in sport) to win a medal
n.

1580s, from Middle French médaille (15c.), from Italian medaglia “a medal,” according to OED from Vulgar Latin *metallea (moneta) “metal (coin),” from Latin metallum (see metal). The other theory [Klein, Barnhart, Watkins] is that medaglia originally meant “coin worth half a denarius,” and is from Vulgar Latin *medalia, from Late Latin medialia “little halves,” neuter plural of medialis “of the middle” (see medial (adj.)). Originally a trinket or charm; as a reward for merit, proficiency, etc., attested from 1751.
v.

1845, “stamped onto a medal,” from medal (n.). From 1857 as “to award (someone or something) a medal;” intransitive sense is 20c. Related: Medaled; medalled; medaling; medalling.

verb

To win a medal: Flo-Jo medaled in the 100meter (1980s+ Sports)

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