from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
- intransitive v. To win a medal, as in a sports contest: "We were the first Americans to medal” ( Jill Watson).
- transitive v. To award a medal to.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To win a medal.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- transitive v. To honor or reward with a medal.
from The 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.
- 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
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)
From Middle French medaille, medale, from Italian medaglia, from Late Latin medalia ("half a denarius"). (Wiktionary)