- First attested in the 1620s.
- (award, praise): First attested in 1852.
- Borrowing from French accolade, from Occitan acolada (“an embrace”), from Occitan acolar (“an embrace”), from Italian accollato, 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.
2016 May 22, Phil McNulty, “Crystal Palace 1-2 Manchester United”, in BBC:
- Rooney led Manchester United up the Wembley steps to collect the FA Cup and add a missing medal to his collection - a richly deserved accolade.
- 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.
- (architecture) An ornament composed of two ogee curves meeting in the middle, each concave toward its outer extremity and convex toward the point at which it meets the other. Such accolades are either plain or adorned with rich moldings, and are a frequent motive of decoration on the lintels of doors and windows of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, especially in secular architecture.
- Synonym of
- (expression of approval or praise): panegyric
an expression of approval; praise
a special acknowledgment; an award
a salutation marking the conferring of knighthood
(music) a brace used to join two or more staves
(American military) written presidential certificate
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- (transitive) To embrace or kiss in salutation.
- (transitive, historical) To confer a knighthood on.
- (transitive) To confer praise or awards on.
- an accoladed novel
accolade f (plural accolades)
- (embrace): embrassade
- German: Akkolade (borrowed)
- first-person singular present indicative of
- third-person singular present indicative of
- first-person singular present subjunctive of
- third-person singular present subjunctive of
- second-person singular imperative of