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- First attested in the 1620s.
- (award, praise): First attested in 1852.
- (borrowed) French, from Occitan acolada (“an embrace”), from Occitan acolar (“an embrace”), from Italian accolata, from Vulgar Latin accolāre (“to hug around the neck”), from Latin ad- + collum (“neck”) (English collar).
accolade (plural accolades)
- An expression of approval; praise.
- A special acknowledgment; an award.
- An embrace of greeting or salutation.
- (historical) A salutation marking the conferring of knighthood, consisting of an embrace or a kiss, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat of a sword.
- (music) A brace used to join two or more staves.
- (US, military) Written Presidential certificate recognizing service by personnel who died or were wounded in action between 1917 and 1918, or who died in service between 1941 and 1947, or died of wounds received in Korea between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954. Service of civilians who died overseas or as a result of injury or disease contracted while serving in a civilian capacity with the United States Armed Forces during the dates and/or in areas prescribed is in like manner recognized.
- (expression of approval or praise): panegyric
Related terms 
An expression of approval; praise
A special acknowledgment; an award
A salutation marking the conferring of knighthood
(American Military) Written Presidential certificate
- IPA: /a.kɔ.lad/, X-SAMPA: /a.kO.lad@/
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- Homophone: accolades
- Hyphenation: a‧cco‧lade
accolade f (plural accolades)
- (embrace): embrassade