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accolade

Syllabification: ac·co·lade
Pronunciation: /ˈakəˌlād
 
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Definition of accolade in English:

noun

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
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
honor, privilege, award, gift, title;
prize, laurels, bays, palm(s)
1.1An expression of praise or admiration.
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
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.
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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  • The Provençal word acolada is the source of accolade. This literally meant an embrace or a clasping around the neck, and described the gesture of a friendly hug that was sometimes made when knighting someone, as an early alternative to a stroke on the shoulder with the flat of a sword. The ultimate root of the Provençal word is Latin collum ‘neck’, from which we also get collar (Middle English).

Words that rhyme with accolade

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