- 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.
- [usually pl.] words of praise
- Music brace (sense )
Origin of accoladeFrench from Provençal acolada from Vulgar Latin an unverified form accolare, to embrace from Classical Latin ad, to + collum, neck: see wheel