Definition of medal noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

medal

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈmɛdl//
 
 
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  • a flat piece of metal, usually shaped like a coin, that is given to the winner of a competition or to someone who has been brave, for example in war to win a gold medal in the Olympics to award a medal for bravery
  • Idioms
    somebody deserves a medal(informal)
     
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    used to say that you admire someone because they have done something difficult or unpleasant She deserves a medal for teaching those 5-year-olds all day!
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: medal