Definition of accolade
1a : a mark of acknowledgment : award received the highest accolade of his professionb : an expression of praise a movie that has drawn accolades from both fans and critics
2a : a ceremonial embraceb : 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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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
Recent Examples of accolade from the Web
A heap of preseason accolades are being showered daily on the University of Miami football players.
But put those accolades aside for a moment and ask yourself this: shouldn't studios be inclusive in their hiring processes to begin with?
The accolades and honors keep coming for Eastlake High baseball coach David Gallegos, who has been named to coach the West team in the annual Perfect Game All-American Classic.
For Kentucky freshman Isaiah Briscoe, all that accolade earned him was the chance to be one of several stars competing for the spotlight.
The accolades come following a first-team All-Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference nod.
Alexis Holloway, Crown Point, senior, pitcher: Collected array of accolades, including USA Today All-American, Indiana Gatorade Player of the Year, first team all-state, North All-Star and Mental Attitude Award winner.
A willingness to learn for its own sake represents intrinsic motivation, while grades and other accolades represent extrinsic.
And once again, the logbook contains fresh accolades for just how blissful the 740i is.
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What Is the Origin of accolade?
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
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 1collar
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Definition of accolade for English Language Learners
: an award or an expression of praise
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