a flat piece of metal, often a disk but sometimes a cross, star, or other form, usually bearing an inscription or design, issued to commemorate a person, action, or event, or given as a reward for bravery, merit, or the like: a gold medal for the best swimmer.
a similar object bearing a religious image, as of a saint: a Saint Christopher's medal.
to decorate or honor with a medal.
to receive a medal, especially in a sporting event: He medaled in three of four races.
a small flat piece of metal bearing an inscription or image, given as an award or commemoration of some outstanding action, event, etc