Definitions for medal
This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word medal.
decoration, laurel wreath, medal, medallion, palm, ribbonnoun
an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
A stamped metal disc used as a personal ornament, a charm, or a religious object.
A stamped or cast metal object (usually a disc), particularly one awarded as a prize or reward.
To win a medal
"He medalled twice at the Olympics"
Etymology: From medaille, medale, from medaglia, from medalia.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
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.
A medal is a flat piece of metal, usually circular in shape and often stamped or engraved with a design or symbol, that is awarded to a person as a recognition or reward for their achievement or service in a particular field such as academics, sports, military, and so on.
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
to honor or reward with a medal
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.]
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
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
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.
Surnames Frequency by Census Records
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Medal is ranked #41799 in terms of the most common surnames in America.
The Medal surname appeared 520 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Medal.
75.7% or 394 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
21.9% or 114 total occurrences were White.
1.3% or 7 total occurrences were Black.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'medal' in Nouns Frequency: #2140
The numerical value of medal in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of medal in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
The champions of liberty have the medal for any necklace. (Les champions de la liberte - Ont la medaille pour tout collier)
The champions of liberty have the medal for any necklace.
An Olympic medal is the ultimate sports symbol of hard work, sacrifice and the perseverance of athletes, parents and coaches, we are happy the issue of our medal has finally been resolved.
His awards and decorations include the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terror Service Medal, the Combat Infantryman Badge, and the Basic Parachutist Badge.
The most important medal for me was the team medal, then the all-around medal and then this one (in vault), really I didn't expect this when I was coming here, I thought I could win a bronze, but then the other gymnasts made some mistakes and that allowed me to win the gold medal.
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- 勲章, 賞牌, メダルJapanese
- erepenning, medailleDutch
- медаља, medaljaSerbo-Croatian
- metleleSouthern Sotho
- huy chương, mề đayVietnamese
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