Meaning of “medal” in the English Dictionary

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"medal" in British English

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medalnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈmed.əl/ us /ˈmed.əl/

B2 a small metal disc, with words or a picture on it, given as a reward for a brave action, for winning a competition, or to remember a special event:

He was awarded a medal for bravery.
She won three Olympic gold medals.

More examples

  • The two athletes are competing for the gold medal.
  • The medal is being keenly contested by eight gymnasts.
  • The gold medal continues to elude her.
  • Despite fierce competition she made a gallant effort to win the first medal of the championships.
  • The gold medal slipped from his grasp in the last moments of the race.

medalverb [ I ]

uk /ˈmed.əl/ us /ˈmed.əl/ -ll- or -l-

(Definition of “medal” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"medal" in American English

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medalnoun [ C ]

us /ˈmed·əl/

a small metal disk given to someone to recognize a brave action or special service, or the winning of a competition esp. in sports:

She won three Olympic gold medals.

(Definition of “medal” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)