Definition of accolade in English:

accolade

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

noun

1An award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit: the hotel has won numerous accolades
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1An expression of praise or admiration: poignant accolades and urgent testimonials of thanks
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
2A touch on a person’s shoulders with a sword at the bestowing of a knighthood.
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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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