Definition of accolade in English:


Syllabification: ac·co·lade
Pronunciation: /ˈakəˌlād, -ˌläd


  • 1An award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit: the ultimate official accolade of a visit by the president
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    • This film, besides winning numerous European awards and accolades, is the highest-grossing German film in that country's history.
    • His award and accolades must be numerous, though I can't name any.
    • As a special Andy received numerous accolades and awards, including an MBE in 2001, for services to Gloucestershire's special constabulary.
    honor, privilege, award, gift, title; prize, laurels, bays, palm(s)
  • 1.1An expression of praise or admiration.
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    • He never puts himself forward for any praise or accolades but just drifts on, season after season, one of the most consistent performers in the game.
    • Students and teachers are to be complimented and praised, with special accolades to Paula Gardiner, NCTM, for organizing this event.
    • I am not writing this letter looking for praise or accolades for my efforts.
    tribute, commendation, praise, testimonial, compliment, pat on the back; salute(s), plaudits, congratulations, bouquets, kudos
    informal raves
  • 2A touch on a person’s shoulders with a sword at the bestowing of a knighthood.
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    • Knighthood was conferred by the overlord with the accolade.
    • A squire could also be knighted on the battlefield, in which a lord simply performed the accolade.
    • The Accolade was a ceremony anciently used in conferring knighthood.


early 17th century: from French, from Provençal acolada, literally 'embrace around the neck (when bestowing knighthood)', from Latin ad- 'at, to' + collum 'neck'.

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