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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: médaille, from Old Italian medaglia 'coin of half value, medal', from Late Latin medialis 'middle', from Latin medius; MEDIUM2


1 noun
Related topics: Sport
med‧al1 [countable]
DSAP a flat piece of metal, usually shaped like a coin, that is given to someone who has won a competition or who has done something brave
gold/silver/bronze medal
She won a gold medal at the last Olympics.
the bronze medal winner
The two boys were awarded medals for their bravery.

➔ deserve a medal

at deserve (3)

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