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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

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

  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>



Origin 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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