medal

A medal is an award for some contest or achievement. You might win a medal for coming in third place at the cupcake baking championship.

A medal is often a flat piece of metal that's stamped with an inscription or design and is given in honor of winning a race, serving in battle, or another remarkable accomplishment. Scholars, athletes, and soldiers all might win medals. Originally, a medal was a "trinket," and it wasn't until the 18th century that it began to mean "reward for merit."

Definitions of medal
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n an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event

Synonyms:
decoration, laurel wreath, medallion, palm, ribbon
Types:
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Congressional Medal of Honor, Medal of Honor
the highest U.S. military decoration awarded for bravery and valor in action `above and beyond the call of duty'
Distinguished Service Medal
a United States military decoration for meritorious service in wartime duty of great responsibility
Distinguished Service Cross
a United States Army decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Navy Cross
a United States Navy decoration for extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy
Distinguished Flying Cross
a United States Air Force decoration for heroism while participating in an aerial flight
Air Medal
a United States Air Force decoration for meritorious achievement while participating in an aerial flight
Silver Star, Silver Star Medal
a United States military decoration for gallantry in action
Bronze Star, Bronze Star Medal
a United States military decoration awarded for meritorious service (except in aerial flight)
Order of the Purple Heart, Purple Heart
a United States military decoration awarded to any member of the armed forces who is wounded in action
Oak Leaf Cluster
a United States military decoration consisting of bronze or silver oak leaves and acorns awarded to anyone who has won a given medal before
Victoria Cross
a British military decoration for gallantry
Distinguished Conduct Medal
a British military decoration for distinguished conduct in the field
Distinguished Service Order
a British military decoration for special service in action
Croix de Guerre
a French military decoration for gallantry
Medaille Militaire
a French military decoration
Type of:
accolade, award, honor, honour, laurels
a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

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