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medal (ˈmɛdəl



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

Derived Forms

medallic (mɪˈdælɪk   adjective

Word Origin

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


View thesaurus entry
= decoration, order, award, honour, ribbon, gong (British) (informal)

Translations for 'medal'

  • British English: 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: مِدَالِيَةٌ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: medalha
  • Chinese: 奖章
  • Croatian: medalja
  • Czech: medaile
  • Danish: medalje
  • Dutch: medaille
  • European Spanish: medalla
  • Finnish: mitali
  • French: médaille
  • German: Medaille
  • Greek: μετάλλιο
  • Italian: medaglia
  • Japanese: メダル
  • Korean: 메달
  • Norwegian: medalje
  • Polish: medal
  • Portuguese: medalha
  • Romanian: medalie medalii
  • Russian: медаль
  • Spanish: medalla
  • Swedish: medalj
  • Thai: เหรียญ
  • Turkish: madalya
  • Ukrainian: медаль
  • Vietnamese: 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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