accolade

noun
ac·​co·​lade | \ ˈa-kə-ˌlād How to pronounce accolade (audio) , -ˌläd\

Definition of accolade

1a : a mark of acknowledgment : award received the highest accolade of his profession
b : an expression of praise a movie that has drawn accolades from both fans and critics
2a : a ceremonial embrace
b : a ceremony or salute conferring knighthood
3 music : a brace or a line used in music to join two or more staffs carrying simultaneous parts

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What is the origin of accolade?

Accolade was borrowed into English in the 16th 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.

Examples of accolade in a Sentence

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 His abundant accolades include the John Bates Clark Medal, awarded biannually to an outstanding economist under the age of 40—a distinction said to be predictive of, and perhaps even more prestigious than, receipt of the Nobel in economic science. —“Malefactors of Megawealth” P. 13, David M. Kennedy, THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW, October 21, 2007 In October 1869, Ida Lewis, The Heroine of Lime Rock was published. Thus was a folk heroine born, saluted, celebrated and accoladed. —PROVIDENCE JOURNAL-BULLETIN (RHODE ISLAND) [NEXIS], May 26, 2002, Ida Lewis, keeper of the lighthouse flame, BYLINE: SAM COALE In 1631, John Weever, a poet whose sonnet "Ad Gulielmum Shakespeare" (1599) is one of the earliest testimonials to its subject, published Ancient Funeral Monuments, a bulky folio, almost 900 pages long, the result of half a lifetime's traipsing through graveyards in search of the illustrious dead. The volume gave pride of place to poets. Only "the muses' works ... give unto man immortality", Weever believed, and it was immortality he served, as he copied funerary inscriptions from crumbling monuments. Assembling these, and printing them alongside extracts of the work and other posthumous accolades and endorsements, Weever produced a biographical anthology of verse which established a pattern for literary compilations still in use today and, at the same time, defined the nature of the activity. Literature was that which had been praised; and literary history was the record of praise. —"Literary Criticism" P. 25, Norma Clarke, THE TIMES LITERARY SUPPLEMENT, February 15, 2002 In short, over the last 900 years only four popes have been judged worthy of official beatification and only three of these have been canonized, the church’s highest accolade. —“Religion” P. 50, Kenneth L. Woodward, NEWSWEEK Vol. CXXXVI No. 10, September 4, 2000
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For starters, the Mesa, Arizona native added more accolades to her resume, including Olympic athlete and U.S. Soccer Female Player of the Year (2017). Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "How Olympian and Pro Soccer Player Julie Ertz Is Training for the 2019 Women's World Cup," 23 Feb. 2019 Off stage, the two shared a candid moment as Harrison (who presented an accolade) congratulated Jeff on receiving the Cecil B. DeMille award last night. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Lady Gaga Meeting Rami Malek and More Amazing Golden Globes Moments You Missed," 7 Jan. 2019 Though there's been internet debate over whether the reality star deserves such an accolade, Kardashian took it in stride. refinery29.com, "Issa Rae Calls Out The Impact Black Culture Has Had On Fashion," 5 June 2018 That being said, where were the accolades for Chopra and Ventimiglia's performances? Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Priyanka Chopra Was a Pop Star in 2013, and Everyone Slept on It," 30 Nov. 2018 The accolades don't go to these riders' heads, though. Mitchell Nicholson, Popular Mechanics, "The Great American Motorcycle Racing Revival," 7 Sep. 2018 There have been many national accolades for Sarah Spain and Matt Grevers through the years, but the honor was local last month when they were inducted into the Lake Forest High School Wall of Fame. Daniel I. Dorfman, chicagotribune.com, "Lake Forest Wall of Fame honoree Sarah Spain talks sports, #MeToo movement," 1 May 2018 As a nod to that accolade, Lagavulin, on the occasion of its bicentennial in 2016, reintroduced an eight-year-old single malt. Liza Weisstuch, New York Times, "The Whisky Chronicles," 23 Apr. 2018 Other accolades include the 2017 Cameron Duncan Media Award from an anti-poverty nonprofit and the Noel Markwell Media award from the International Society of Political Psychology. Jessica Lee, The Seattle Times, "Seattle Times says goodbye to ‘the conscience of the newsroom’ with columnist Jerry Large’s retirement," 8 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of accolade

1591, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

History and Etymology for accolade

borrowed from Middle French acolade, accolade "embrace," from acoler "to embrace" (going back to Old French, from a-, prefix forming transitive verbs—going back to Latin ad- ad-— + col "neck," going back to Latin collum) + -ade -ade — more at collar entry 1

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accolade

noun

English Language Learners Definition of accolade

: an award or an expression of praise

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