Accolade definition

ăkə-lād, -läd
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To praise or honor.
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An expression of approval; praise.
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A ceremonial embrace, as of greeting or salutation.
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Words of praise.
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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.

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A special acknowledgment; an award.
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Anything done or given as a sign of great respect, approval, appreciation, etc.
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A special acknowledgment; an award.
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(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.
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(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.
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To embrace or kiss in salutation.
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(historical) To confer a knighthood on.
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An expression of approval; praise.
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Ceremonial bestowal of knighthood.
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(music) A brace used to join two or more staves.
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An embrace formerly used in conferring knighthood.
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A touch on the shoulder with the flat side of a sword, now used in conferring knighthood.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
accolade
Plural:
accolades

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

  • (borrowed) French, from Occitan acolada (“an embrace”), from Occitan acolar (“an embrace”), from Italian accolata, from Vulgar Latin accolāre (“to hug around the neck”), from Latin ad- + collum (“neck”) (English collar).

    From Wiktionary

  • (award, praise): First attested in 1852.

    From Wiktionary

  • First attested in the 1620s.

    From Wiktionary