What does the word medal mean?

Usage examples for medal

  1. " One of the poor things," continued the bailiff, " held between her clasped hands a little bronze medal, which was suspended from her neck by a chain of the same material." – The Wandering Jew, Book II. by Eugene Sue
  2. Also, I thought Dorothy was away up toward the 'good conduct medal, ' as well as 'distinction' in music. – Dorothy at Oak Knowe by Evelyn Raymond