- The definition of an accolade is something given to a person in order to praise or recognize the person or his accomplishment.
An example of accolade would be a thumbs-up review of a play.
A thumbs-up is one way to give an accolade.
- an embrace formerly used in conferring knighthood
- a touch on the shoulder with the flat side of a sword, now used in conferring knighthood
- anything done or given as a sign of great respect, approval, appreciation, etc.
- words of praise
- Music brace (sense )
Origin of accoladeFrench ; from ProvenÃ§al acolada ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form accolare, to embrace ; from Classical Latin ad, to + collum, neck: see wheel
- a. An expression of approval; praise.b. A special acknowledgment; an award.
- A ceremonial embrace, as of greeting or salutation.
- Ceremonial bestowal of knighthood.
transitive verbac·co·lad·ed, ac·co·lad·ing, ac·co·lades
Origin of accoladeFrench, an embrace, accolade, from accoler, to embrace, from Old French acoler, from Vulgar Latin *accollāre : Latin ad-, ad- + Latin collum, neck; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots.
- An expression of approval; praise.
- A special acknowledgment; an award.
- An embrace of greeting or salutation.
- (historical) A salutation marking the conferring of knighthood, consisting of an embrace or a kiss, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat of a sword.
- (music) A brace used to join two or more staves.
- (US, military) Written Presidential certificate recognizing service by personnel who died or were wounded in action between 1917 and 1918, or who died in service between 1941 and 1947, or died of wounds received in Korea between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954. Service of civilians who died overseas or as a result of injury or disease contracted while serving in a civilian capacity with the United States Armed Forces during the dates and/or in areas prescribed is in like manner recognized.
(third-person singular simple present accolades, present participle accolading, simple past and past participle accoladed)