[ ak-uh-leyd, -lahd; ak-uh-leyd, -lahd ]
/ ˈæk əˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd; ˌæk əˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd /
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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.
  1. an archivolt or hood molding having more or less the form of an ogee arch.
  2. a decoration having more or less the form of an ogee arch, cut into a lintel or flat arch.



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Origin of accolade

1615–25; <French, derivative of a(c)colée embrace (with -ade-ade1), noun use of feminine past participle of a(c)coler,Old French verbal derivative of col neck (see collar) with a-a-5
ac·co·lad·ed, adjective
accoladed , accolated
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British Dictionary definitions for accolade

/ (ˈækəˌleɪd, ˌækəˈleɪd) /


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
C17: via French and Italian from Vulgar Latin accollāre (unattested) to hug; related to Latin collum neck
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