medallion

A medallion is a very large metal pendant that's given as an award. The medallion you won when you finished that marathon must be one of your most cherished possessions.

Medallions are extra big medals, discs of metal stamped with a design on both sides. When they're given to mark some achievement, medallions are often suspended from a ribbon that's hung around the recipient's neck or pinned to their clothing. Another kind of medallion is a small disc of boneless meat. And although most taxi drivers do deserve a medal, a taxi medallion is a permit to drive a cab.

Definitions of medallion
  1. noun
    an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
    synonyms: decoration, laurel wreath, medal, 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
  2. noun
    an emblem indicating that a taxicab is registered
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    allegory, emblem
    a visible symbol representing an abstract idea
  3. noun
    any of various large ancient Greek coins
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    coin
    a flat metal piece (usually a disc) used as money
  4. noun
    a circular helping of food (especially a boneless cut of meat)
    medallions of veal”
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    helping, portion, serving
    an individual quantity of food or drink taken as part of a meal
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