Definition of accolade in English:


Line breaks: ac¦co|lade
Pronunciation: /ˈakəleɪd
, ˌakəˈleɪd


  • 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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