The definition of an accolade is something given to a person in order to praise or recognize the person or his accomplishment.(noun)
An example of accolade would be a thumbs-up review of a play.
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Origin: Fr < Prov acolada < VL *accolare, to embrace < L ad, to + collum, neck: see wheel
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Origin: French, an embrace, accolade
Origin: , from accoler, to embrace
Origin: , from Old French acoler
Origin: , from Vulgar Latin *accolāre
Origin: : Latin ad-, ad-
Origin: + Latin collum, neck; see kwel-1 in Indo-European roots. Word History: People usually have to stick their necks out to earn accolades, and this is as it should be. In tracing accolade back to its Latin origins, we find that it was formed from the prefix ad-, “to, on,” and the noun collum, “neck,” which may bring the word collar to mind. From these elements came the Vulgar Latin word *accollāre, which was the source of French accolade, “an embrace.” An embrace was originally given to a knight when dubbing him, a fact that accounts for accolade having the technical sense “ceremonial bestowal of knighthood,” the sense in which the word is first recorded in English in 1623.
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