- any award, honor, or laudatory notice: The play received accolades from the press.
- a light touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword or formerly by an embrace, done in the ceremony of conferring knighthood.
- the ceremony itself.
- Music. a brace joining several staves.
- an archivolt or hood molding having more or less the form of an ogee arch.
- a decoration having more or less the form of an ogee arch, cut into a lintel or flat arch.
Origin of accolade
Examples from the Web for accolade
By the way, why is special interests always shady while special needs is practically an accolade?Up to a Point: In Defense of Lobbyists
P. J. O’Rourke
October 25, 2014
“Unsung Yugoslavian novelist” is not the sort of accolade that moves a book off of a shelf.Danilo Kis, the Stylish Historian of Infamy
June 19, 2013
But this year, the cover image has been leaked, unveiling that Kate Upton has won the accolade for a second year straight.Kate Upton’s Second SI Cover, Porn Appears at Fashion Week
The Daily Beast
February 9, 2013
What has Michelle Obama, by contrast, done over the past year to merit her accolade?Michelle Obama's Power Trip
October 7, 2010
As of now, it is the only hotel that can boast this accolade.How to Get the VIP Treatment in Moscow
February 27, 2010
Her hand has touched them—it is an accolade—they are noble, now.What Is Man? And Other Stories
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Thus he won the accolade of his peers as a worthy horse-man of the hills.A Texas Ranger
William MacLeod Raine
Marjory, do you remember when you sat on the throne in the cave, and gave me the accolade?The Mystery of the Sea
He gives the accolade to our commander, and through him, to us all.War Days in Brittany
Elsie Deming Jarves
I attended a special Council at Windsor to receive the "accolade."Recollections of a Busy Life
William B. Forwood
- strong praise or approval; acclaim
- an award or honour
- the ceremonial gesture used to confer knighthood, originally an embrace, now a touch on the shoulder with a sword
- a rare word for brace (def. 7)
- architect a curved ornamental moulding, esp one having the shape of an ogee arch
Word Origin and History for accolade
1620s, from French accolade (16c.), from Provençal acolada or Italian accollata, ultimately from noun use of a fem. past participle from Vulgar Latin *accollare "to embrace around the neck," from Latin ad- "to" (see ad-) + collum "neck" (see collar (n.)).
The original sense is of an embrace about the neck or the tapping of a sword on the shoulders to confer knighthood. Extended meaning "praise, award" is from 1852. Also see -ade. Earlier was accoll (mid-14c.), from Old French acolee "an embrace, kiss, especially that given to a new-made knight," from verb acoler. The French noun in the 16c. was transformed to accolade, with the foreign suffix.