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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'

And so far as me and the lads are concerned, that wins you the medal.
Parkes, Roger Riot
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)
It came at the long sixth, which measures a formidable 583 yards off the medal tee.
Irish Times (2002)
It would have been very different if we had lost out on a medal.
Irish Times (2002)
Major Fredrick told me that for covering the injured man with his body Swinney was being put forward for a medal.
Oliver Poole BLACK KNIGHTS: On the Bloody Road to Baghdad (2003)
Meanwhile the Greeks aren't slow to celebrate a success and the news of another medal met with an eruption of celebrations afloat.
Yachting Boating World (2004)
Sir Steven, 39, made history at the 2000 Sydney Olympics when he won his fifth consecutive gold medal after five games spanning 16 years.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
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
Zoe Baker grabbed Britain's fifth medal of the championships, bronze in the 50m breast-stroke, with 31.40.
Glasgow Herald (2001)


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