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Definition of the Congressional Gold Medal from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the Congressional Gold Medal

 
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the highest award given by Congress to US civilians. It is presented to men and women who have done something special for the nation. The first was given to George Washington in 1776, and the singer Frank Sinatra received the 258th award in 1998. Others who have received it include John Wayne,Bob Hope , Walt Disney, George and Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Marian Anderson and Aaron Copland.