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medal

[ med-l ]SEE DEFINITION OF medal

Synonyms for medal

  • gold
  • reward
  • badge
  • commemoration
  • hardware
  • laurel
  • medallion
  • ribbon
  • wreath
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR MEDAL

He received the medal and clasp, Khedive's star and the 3rd class of the Medjidie.

I say, I shall have a fine show at the Salon, perhaps get a medal.'

"And we won't get a medal, either," Stan remarked as he matched O'Malley's grin.

You mustn't think that I forget for a moment the reverse of the medal.

Verona, to do her honor, had a medal struck bearing her portrait.

Now, however, turn a little attention to the other side of the medal.

Happily, there is a reverse to the medal, and this it was to which now my attention was directed.

The subdivision of labour, with all its advantages, has its reverse to the medal.

He was also presented with a silver watch and a medal for his bravery.

This medal is the highest possible award for service and heroism.

WORD ORIGIN

1580s, from Middle French médaille (15c.), from Italian medaglia "a medal," according to OED from Vulgar Latin *metallea (moneta) "metal (coin)," from Latin metallum (see metal). The other theory [Klein, Barnhart, Watkins] is that medaglia originally meant "coin worth half a denarius," and is from Vulgar Latin *medalia, from Late Latin medialia "little halves," neuter plural of medialis "of the middle" (see medial (adj.)). Originally a trinket or charm; as a reward for merit, proficiency, etc., attested from 1751.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR MEDAL

decoration

nounmedal of honor
  • Purple Heart
  • accolade
  • award
  • badge
  • bays
  • citation
  • colors
  • cross
  • distinction
  • emblem
  • garter
  • kudos
  • laurels
  • medal
  • mention
  • order
  • ribbon
  • star

medallion

nounornament
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