• Punch's medals
    Punch's medals
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n medal an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Gold Life-Saving Medal Gold Life-Saving Medal
Distinguished Conduct Medal Distinguished Conduct Medal
Roman Man-of-War, from a scarce Medal Roman Man-of-War, from a scarce Medal

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1912 Olympics was the last Olympics that gave out gold medals that were made entirely out of gold
    • n Medal A piece of metal in the form of a coin, struck with a device, and intended to preserve the remembrance of a notable event or an illustrious person, or to serve as a reward.
    • v. t Medal To honor or reward with a medal. "Medaled by the king."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Canada is the only country not to win a gold medal in the Summer Olympic games while hosting the event
    • n medal A piece of metal, usually circular in form, bearing devices (types) and inscriptions, struck or cast to commemorate a person, an institution, or an event, and distinguished from a coin by not being intended to serve as a medium of exchange. The word is also sometimes used to designate coins, particularly ancient coins in the precious metals, or fine medieval or Renaissance coins, in collections. Some of the Greek and Roman coin-types are commemorative, and the Roman medallions were of a quasi-medallic character. Strictly speaking, however, the medal is a creation of modern times. The earliest, and in point of portraiture the finest, medals were produced in Italy about the middle of the fifteenth century by Vittore Pisano of Verona. Fine medals were also executed in Italy, Germany, and France during the sixteenth century. English medals begin practically with the reign of Henry VIII. The earliest specimens are cast, but in the reign of James I. the process of striking began to be employed. Thomas Rawlins, Thomas Simon, and Abraham Simon (seventeenth century) are the principal medalists who were natives of England; but some of the best English medals were the productions of foreign artists, as Trezzo (time of Philip and Mary), Simon Passe (James I.), N. Briot (Charles I.), the Roettier family (Charles II.), and J. Croker (Anne).
    • medal To decorate with a medal; confer a medal upon; present with a medal as a mark of honor.
    • n medal A small metal badge, usually with a ribbon attached, presented for distinguished service.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The 1932 Olympics in Los Angeles was the first time the three-level winner's stand was used for the medal ceremony.
    • n Medal med′al a piece of metal in the form of a coin bearing some device or inscription, struck or cast: a reward of merit
    • v.t Medal to decorate with a medal
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  • Elbert Hubbard
    “God will not look you over for medal, degrees or diplomas, but for scars.”
  • Robert Graves
    Robert Graves
    “The award of a pure gold medal for poetry would flatter the recipient unduly: no poem ever attains such carat purity.”
  • Joseph Heller
    Joseph Heller
    “Like Olympic medals and tennis trophies, all they signified was that the owner had done something of no benefit to anyone more capably than everyone else.”
  • Patti Johnson
    Patti Johnson
    “Once you're physically capable of winning a gold medal, the rest is ninety percent mental.”
  • Leonard Cohen
    “Children show scars like medals. Lovers use them as secrets to reveal. A scar is what happens when the word is made flesh.”
  • Cool Runnings Movie
    Cool Runnings Movie
    “A gold medal is a wonderful thing, but if you're not enough without the medal, you'll never be enough with it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. médaille, It. medaglia, fr. L. metallum, metal, through (assumed) LL. metalleus, made of metal. See Metal, and cf. Mail a piece of money


In literature:

He had previously obtained (in 1809) the Browne medal for Greek and Latin epigrams.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 3" by Various
The same may be said of the Treatise on Medals.
"Critical and Historical Essays, Volume III (of 3)" by Thomas Babington Macaulay
We took an examination for the medals, as there were ten in the graduating class.
"Tuskegee & Its People: Their Ideals and Achievements" by Various
Inside the tassel, I found a little sacred medal, which the poor girl had stitched into it to bring her luck.
"The Confessions of Arsène Lupin" by Maurice Leblanc
Never hurry when playing a match or a medal round, or indeed any kind of golf.
"The Complete Golfer [1905]" by Harry Vardon
No tidings of Rowdy Rob, none of trunk, Bible, money, letter, medal, or anything.
"If, Yes and Perhaps" by Edward Everett Hale
About his neck he wore at all times a small crucifix and a medal of St. George.
"Great Men and Famous Women. Vol. 6 of 8" by Various
No young child could pretend to represent ALL this medal stands for.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Why, I've got four medals now somewhere around, that I won at county fairs in races.
"The Rival Campers Ashore" by Ruel Perley Smith
All the rest is full men, an' we'll get our medals with them.
"Soldier Stories" by Rudyard Kipling

In poetry:

If he were with me, King of Tuscarora!
Gazing, as I, upon thy portrait now,
In all its medalled, fringed, and beaded glory,
Its eye's dark beauty, and its thoughtful brow—
"Red Jacket" by Fitz-Greene Halleck
And there's a nice youngster of excellent pith,—
Fate tried to conceal him by naming him Smith;
But he shouted a song for the brave and the free,
Just read on his medal, "My country," "of thee!"
"The Boys" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Our Union is river, lake, ocean, and sky:
Man breaks not the medal, when God cuts the die!
Though darkened with sulphur, though cloven with steel,
The blue arch will brighten, the waters will heal!
"Brother Jonathan's Lament for Sister Caroline" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
My only medals are the scars
I've won in weary, peacetime wars,
A-fighting for my little brood,
To win them shelter, shoon and food;
But most of all to give them faith
In God's good mercy unto death.
"Decorations" by Robert W Service
My sons have medals gleaming bright,
Proud trophies won in foreign fight;
But though their crosses bravely shine,
My boys can show no wounds like mine -
Grim gashes dolorously healed,
And inner ailings unrevealed.
"Decorations" by Robert W Service
Only a Leather Medal, hanging there on the wall,
Dingy and frayed and faded, dusty and worn and old;
Yet of my humble treasures I value it most of all,
And I wouldn't part with that medal if you gave me its weight in gold.
"The Ballad Of The Leather Medal" by Robert W Service

In news:

Finland Stuns Canada, 3-2, to Win Bronze Medal By Mike Nadel Associated Press Saturday, February 21, 1998.
Juan Martin del Potro won the bronze medal in Olympic tennis Sunday, beating Novak Djokovic 7-5, 6-4 in a rain-delayed match at Wimbledon.
Christine Sinclair not suspended for bronze medal game.
Of all the places to wear your Olympic bronze medal , would the shower be one of them.
Brazilian Judo champ Felipe Kitadai thinks the shower was a bad place to wear his medal.
Eight Central Missouri members of the unit have received medals for repelling the attack.
He was supposed to receive the medal when he returned home from the war but an administrative error prevented it until now.
That's why they care about Sunday's bronze -medal game as much as the Americans will care about their gold one.
Two businessmen among Medal of Service recipients.
El Cajon Police Officer Awarded Medal of Valor.
Medal of Excellence Winner for Reader's Choice.
Victory In US Open Final Would Add To Wimbledon, Gold-Medal Wins.
Fort Dodge Senior High's A Capella choir earned the silver medal at the 28th annual Jefferson Show Choir Invitational in Cedar Rapids on March 10.
Carl Lewis , the winner of nine Olympic gold medals, has hit out at Mitt Romney's gaffe-filled day in London, saying "seriously, some Americans just shouldn't leave the country".
There's a new prize in the District now that Mayor Vince Gray has awarded the first Mayor's Medal of Honor to Family Research Council security guard Leo Johnson.

In science:

The Plateau problem for area minimizing disks spanning a curve in R3 was solved by Jesse Douglas (who shared the first Fields medal with Lars V.
Geometric Analysis and General Relativity
An edge links a nation and a specific sport if the nation has won medals in that sport.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
For example, Fig.7 depicts the sports in which China has won medals as well as the correspondent competitive nations in the year 2004.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
By contrast, Fig.8 presents the sports in which USA has won medals in the year 2004.
Overlapping Community Detection in Bipartite Networks
He is a recipient of the Young Scientist Medal of the Indian National Science Academy (2009).
Fifteen Years of Econophysics Research