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accolade

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noun ac·co·lade \ˈa-kə-ˌlād, -ˌläd\

Simple Definition of accolade

  • : an award or an expression of praise

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of accolade

  1. 1 a :  a ceremonial embrace b :  a ceremony or salute conferring knighthood

  2. 2 a :  a mark of acknowledgment :  award b :  an expression of praise

  3. 3 :  a brace or a line used in music to join two or more staffs carrying simultaneous parts

Examples of accolade in a sentence

  1. There is no higher accolade at this school than an honorary degree.

  2. <for their exceptional bravery the firefighters received accolades from both local and national officials>



Did You Know?

Accolade was borrowed into English in the 17th century from French. The French noun in turn derives from the verb accoler, which means "to embrace," and ultimately from the Latin term collum, meaning "neck." (Collum is also an ancestor of the English word collar.) When it was first borrowed from French, accolade referred to a ceremonial embrace that once marked the conferring of knighthood. The term was later extended to any ceremony conferring knighthood (such as the more familiar tapping on the shoulders with the flat part of a sword's blade), and eventually extended to honors or awards in general.

Origin and Etymology of accolade

French, from accoler to embrace, from Vulgar Latin *accollare, from Latin ad- + collum neck — more at collar


First Known Use: 1623



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