General English


  • noun an insignia (usually consisting of a metal cross, disk or star suspended from a piece of coloured fabric), which shows that the wearer has participated in a campaign or tour of operational duty, or that the wearer has received an award for bravery or for an outstanding achievement (usually during operational service)


  • noun a small flat piece of metal, usually shaped like a coin and stamped with an inscription or design, awarded to the winners of a sporting competition
  • verb to win a medal in a competition


  • an award presented to wines in the numerous competitions and tastings sponsored by magazines, countries and wine associations. Medals are normally gold, silver and bronze for the top three positions.