American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A flat piece of metal stamped with a design or an inscription commemorating an event or a person, often given as an award.
- n. A piece of metal stamped with a religious device, used as an object of veneration or commemoration.
- v. To win a medal, as in a sports contest: "We were the first Americans to medal” ( Jill Watson).
- v. To award a medal to.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A piece of metal, usually circular in form, bearing devices (types) and inscriptions, struck or cast to commemorate a person, an institution, or an event, and distinguished from a coin by not being intended to serve as a medium of exchange. The word is also sometimes used to designate coins, particularly ancient coins in the precious metals, or fine medieval or Renaissance coins, in collections. Some of the Greek and Roman coin-types are commemorative, and the Roman medallions were of a quasi-medallic character. Strictly speaking, however, the medal is a creation of modern times. The earliest, and in point of portraiture the finest, medals were produced in Italy about the middle of the fifteenth century by Vittore Pisano of Verona. Fine medals were also executed in Italy, Germany, and France during the sixteenth century. English medals begin practically with the reign of Henry VIII. The earliest specimens are cast, but in the reign of James I. the process of striking began to be employed. Thomas Rawlins, Thomas Simon, and Abraham Simon (seventeenth century) are the principal medalists who were natives of England; but some of the best English medals were the productions of foreign artists, as Trezzo (time of Philip and Mary), Simon Passe (James I.), N. Briot (Charles I.), the Roettier family (Charles II.), and J. Croker (Anne).
- To decorate with a medal; confer a medal upon; present with a medal as a mark of honor.
- n. A small metal badge, usually with a ribbon attached, presented for distinguished service.
- n. A stamped metal disc used as a personal ornament, a charm, or a religious object.
- n. A stamped or cast metal object (usually a disc), particularly one awarded as a prize or reward.
- v. sports To win a medal.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A piece of metal in the form of 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.
- v. To honor or reward with a medal.
- n. an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
- From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from Late Latin medalia ("half a denarius"). (Wiktionary)
- French médaille, from Old French, from Italian medaglia, coin worth half a denarius, medal, from Vulgar Latin *medālia, coins worth half a denarius, from Late Latin mediālia, little halves, from neuter pl. of mediālis, of the middle, medial; see medial. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“But in today's world the Beeb might perhaps win the title medal for being PC:”
“The term medal (medallia in Florence = 1/2 denier) is applied to pieces of metal, usually circular, which, though issued by a mint, are not intended as a medium of payment.”
“You never know, Sol could be getting another title medal of his long career when they are handed out in May.”
“Unauthorized claims to this medal is a FEDERAL CRIME.”
“Any false verbal, written or physical claim to the medal is a federal felony offense.”
“For Spillane, the medal is a good highlight for a career that has included one world title but many frustrating injuries.”
“Even if a medal is a replica, wearing it still violates federal law, Akrotirianakis told CNN.”
“I hope that the medal is a beer bottle cap suspended from a condom.”
“Much of this might not be a problem if there were a requirement to emulate awards for gallantry to the military which are always accompanied by a citation setting out the deed for which the medal is awarded or, in the case, for example, of the Distinguished Service Order, the nature of the services rendered that merit the award.”
“This medal is the result of years of hard work from teams who came before us, who didn't have a chance to do this.”
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