What does medal mean?

Definitions for medal
ˈmɛd lmedal

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word medal.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbonnoun

    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

Wiktionary

  1. medalnoun

    A stamped metal disc used as a personal ornament, a charm, or a religious object.

  2. medalnoun

    A stamped or cast metal object (usually a disc), particularly one awarded as a prize or reward.

  3. medalverb

    To win a medal

    "He medalled twice at the Olympics"

  4. Etymology: From medaille, medale, from medaglia, from medalia.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Medalnoun

    Etymology: medaille, Fr. probably from metallum, Lat.

    The Roman medals were their current money: when an action deserved to be recorded on a coin, it was stampt, and issued out of the mint. Joseph Addison, Guard. №. 96.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Medalnoun

    a piece of metal in the form of a coin, struck with a device, and intended to preserve the remembrance of a notable event or an illustrious person, or to serve as a reward

  2. Medalverb

    to honor or reward with a medal

  3. Etymology: [F. mdaille, It. medaglia, fr. L. metallum metal, through (assumed) LL. metalleus made of metal. See Metal, and cf. Mail a piece of money.]

Freebase

  1. Medal

    A medal, or medallion, is, strictly speaking, a small, flat, and round piece of metal that has been sculpted, molded, cast, struck, stamped, or some way marked with an insignia, portrait, or other artistic rendering. A medal may be awarded to a person or organization as a form of recognition for sporting, military, scientific, academic, or various other achievements. Military awards and decorations are more precise terms for certain types of state decoration. Medals may also be created for sale to commemorate particular individuals or events, or as works of artistic expression in their own right. In the past, medals commissioned for an individual, typically with his portrait, were often used as a form of diplomatic or personal gift, with no sense of being an award for the conduct of the recipient. An artist who creates medals or medallions is called a "medallist" or "medalist". There are also devotional medals which may be worn for religious reasons. Medals have long been popular collectible items either as a variety of exonumia or of militaria. Medals may also be produced in a rectangular shape, though these would more correctly be described as a plaquette, and official awards such as military decorations are often in shapes such as crosses or stars, but are still loosely called "medals", as in the star-shaped American Medal of Honor.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Medal

    med′al, n. a piece of metal in the form of a coin bearing some device or inscription, struck or cast: a reward of merit.—v.t. to decorate with a medal.—n. Med′alet, a small medal, esp. the representation of saints, worn by Roman Catholics.—adj. Medall′ic, pertaining to medals.—ns. Medall′ion, a large medal: a bas-relief of a round (sometimes a square) form: a round ornament enclosing a portrait or lock of hair; Med′allist, Med′alist, one skilled in medals: an engraver of medals: one who has gained a medal; Med′allurgy, the art of producing medals and coins. [O. Fr. medaille—It. medaglia; through a Low L. form medalla or medalia, a small coin, from L. metallum, a metal.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. medal

    Is a piece of metal in the form of a coin, struck to commemorate some remarkable event, or in honor of some distinguished person, but having no place in the currency. Medals belong to two periods, ancient and modern, separated by a wide interval. To the former belong those pieces issued in ancient Rome, known as medallions, and made of gold, silver, or copper. They are generally supposed to have been struck on occasions similar to those on which medals are coined in modern times, on the accession of an emperor, on the achievement of an important victory, or as specimens of workmanship. Modern medals date from the 14th century, but few were struck prior to the 15th. In more recent times, it has become customary to confer medals as marks of distinction for eminent worth or noble conduct, but more particularly for naval or military services. Such medals of honor are seldom of great intrinsic value, their worth depending on the associations connected with them. During the Revolutionary war Congress conferred these marks of honor on several military and naval heroes, who distinguished themselves by their valor or achievements during that eventful period. In the U. S. service, at present, bronze medals of honor are conferred on enlisted men in the army, navy, and marine corps for gallantry in action, or extraordinary heroism in the line of their duties. In the English military service, similar medals are granted. They are generally of silver, and have ribbons attached, with clasps or small bars, each of which bears the name of a particular engagement. Good-service medals of silver are also distributed among meritorious soldiers, sailors, and marines.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'medal' in Nouns Frequency: #2140

Anagrams for medal »

  1. lamed

  2. demal

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of medal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of medal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of medal in a Sentence

  1. Jake Kaminski:

    Anybody that has followed archery will tell you that that was the match to watch and that was actually the Olympic gold medal right there and we made a statement there, i feel like, despite taking silver, we knew that, in our hearts, we had won.

  2. Matt Kuchar:

    For the fact that this is going to be the first time in over a hundred years for golf to be played at the Olympics, we will certainly be awfully excited, but would you rather win one of the majors or an Olympic medal ? I don't know exactly. Most of the Olympic sports have their' big event' once every four years with the World Cups and world championships that go on.

  3. Brianna Rollins:

    When I got to the finish line and realized I was the first one to cross, I was so overwhelmed, we're the best in the world ... and hopefully all three of us end up on the medal stand.

  4. Sarah Spanos:

    We were hoping for a medal, but for her to hit the wall first was just beyond any of our expectations, and just everybody’s beaming with pride and joy and just tears, lot of tears.

  5. John Legend:

    It's pretty embarrassing, the participation medal/micro-aggression generation is pretty sad.

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