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medal (ˈmɛdəl Pronunciation for medal



  1. a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc


-als, -alling, -alled, (US) -als, -aling, -aled
  1. (transitive) to honour with a medal
  2. (intransitive) (informal) (in sport) to win a medal

Derived Forms

medallic (mɪˈdælɪk Pronunciation for medallic  adjective

Word Origin

C16: from French médaille, probably from Italian medaglia, ultimately from Latin metallum metal


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= decoration, order, award, honour, ribbon, gong

Translations for 'medal'

  • British English: medalPronunciation for medal A medal is a small metal disc, given as an award for bravery or as a prize in a sporting event....the country's highest medal for bravery.ˈmɛdl NOUN
  • Arabic: مِدَالِيَةٌPronunciation for مِدَالِيَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: medalhaPronunciation for medalha
  • Chinese: 奖章Pronunciation for 奖章
  • Croatian: medaljaPronunciation for medalja
  • Czech: medailePronunciation for medaile
  • Danish: medaljePronunciation for medalje
  • Dutch: medaillePronunciation for medaille
  • European Spanish: medallaPronunciation for medalla
  • Finnish: mitaliPronunciation for mitali
  • French: médaillePronunciation for médaille
  • German: MedaillePronunciation for Medaille
  • Greek: μετάλλιοPronunciation for μετάλλιο
  • Italian: medagliaPronunciation for medaglia
  • Japanese: メダルPronunciation for メダル
  • Korean: 메달Pronunciation for 메달
  • Norwegian: medaljePronunciation for medalje
  • Polish: medalPronunciation for medal
  • Portuguese: medalhaPronunciation for medalha
  • Romanian: medalie medalii
  • Russian: медальPronunciation for медаль
  • Spanish: medallaPronunciation for medalla
  • Swedish: medaljPronunciation for medalj
  • Thai: เหรียญPronunciation for เหรียญ
  • Turkish: madalyaPronunciation for madalya
  • Ukrainian: медаль
  • Vietnamese: huy chươngPronunciation for huy chương

Example Sentences Including 'medal'

Her hangovers seemed to be getting worse as she got older, and yesterday took the gold medal for the hangover of all hangovers.
Cecelia Ahern 2004 PS, I LOVE YOU (2004)
And so far as me and the lads are concerned, that wins you the medal.
Parkes, Roger Riot
The medal , accepted by Helen Carter, who lives in Penzance, now sits in the boathouse at Carn Thomas.
Lunnon-Wood, Mike Let Not the Deep


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