medal Definition

a metal disc with an inscription or design, made to commemorate an event or awarded as a distinction to someone such as a soldier, athlete, or scholar.

Using medal: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "medal" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    He won a gold medal in the Olympics.

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    She was awarded a medal for her bravery.

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    The military ceremony included the presentation of medals to the soldiers.

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    The museum has a collection of historical medals.

medal Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with medal

  • to receive a medal as a prize for winning a competition


    She trained hard for months to win a medal in the national championship.

  • medal ceremony

    a formal event where medals are presented to winners of a competition


    The medal ceremony was held after the final match of the tournament.

  • a chart that shows the number of medals won by each country in a sports competition


    The medal table showed that China had won the most gold medals in the Olympics.

Origins of medal

from French 'médaille', from Italian 'medaglia', ultimately from Latin 'metallum' meaning 'metal'


Summary: medal in Brief

A 'medal' [ˈmɛd(ə)l] is a metal disc with an inscription or design, given as a commemoration or distinction. It is often awarded to soldiers, athletes, or scholars, as in 'He won a gold medal in the Olympics.' 'Medal' can also be used in phrases like 'win a medal,' and 'medal ceremony,' referring to the formal presentation of medals.

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