An example of accolade would be a thumbs-up review of a play.
Origin of accolade
- French an embrace, accolade from accoler to embrace from Old French acoler from Vulgar Latin accollāre Latin ad- ad- Latin collum neck kwel-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- (award, praise): First attested in 1852.
- First attested in the 1620s.