Definition of the Carnegie Medal from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary


    the Carnegie Medal

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  1. 1(in Britain) an award for the best children's book published each year, made by the Library Association and named after Andrew Carnegie. The first book to win the award was Arthur Ransome's Pigeon Post (1936).
  2. 2(in the US) a medal given to citizens of the US and Canada who risk or lose their lives trying to save someone's life. The award was started in 1904 by Andrew Carnegie who provided money for a fund to help winners who suffered as a result of their action and to help the survivors of those who lost their lives.