Simple Definition of accolade
: an award or an expression of praise
Full Definition of accolade
1 a : a ceremonial embrace b : a ceremony or salute conferring knighthood
2 a : a mark of acknowledgment : award b : an expression of praise
3 : a brace or a line used in music to join two or more staffs carrying simultaneous parts
Examples of accolade
There is no higher accolade at this school than an honorary degree.
<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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