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
  1. noun
    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
    synonyms: decoration, laurel wreath, medallion, palm, ribbon
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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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