What does accolade mean?

Definitions for accolade
ˈæk əˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd; ˌæk əˈleɪd, -ˈlɑdac·co·lade

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. award, accolade, honor, honour, laurelsnoun

    a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction

    "an award for bravery"


  1. accoladenoun

    An expression of approval; praise.

  2. accoladenoun

    A special acknowledgment; an award.

  3. accoladenoun

    An embrace of greeting or salutation.

  4. accoladenoun

    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.

  5. accoladenoun

    A brace used to join two or more staves.

  6. accoladenoun

    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.

  7. accoladeverb

    To embrace or kiss in salutation.

  8. accoladeverb

    To confer a knighthood on.

  9. Etymology: * First attested in the 1620's.


  1. Accolade

    The accolade (also known as dubbing or adoubement) (Latin: benedictio militis) was the central act in the rite of passage ceremonies conferring knighthood in the Middle Ages. From about 1852, the term accolade was used much more generally to mean "praise" or "award" or "honour".


  1. accolade

    An accolade is an award, privilege, or public acknowledgement given as an expression of praise, accomplishment, or approval. It is often given to someone as a mark of recognition for their achievements or their excellence in a particular field.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Accoladenoun

    a ceremony formerly used in conferring knighthood, consisting am embrace, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat blade of a sword

  2. Accoladenoun

    a brace used to join two or more staves

  3. Etymology: [F. accolade, It. accolata, fr. accollare to embrace; L. ad + collum neck.]


  1. Accolade

    Accolade was an American video game developer and publisher of the 1980s and 1990s. Headquartered in San Jose, California, it was founded in 1984 by game industry veterans Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead. Miller and Whitehead founded Accolade after leaving another game developer and publisher they had founded, Activision, the world's first third-party game developer.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Accolade

    ak-ol-ād′, n. a ceremony used in conferring knighthood, formerly an embrace, a kiss, now a slap on the shoulders with the flat of a sword. [Fr.—L. ad, to, collum, neck.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Accolade

    a gentle blow with a sword on the shoulder in conferring knighthood.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. accolade

    [ad and collum, Lat.] The ceremony of dubbing a knight, and the consequent embrace formerly customary on the occasion.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. accolade

    The ceremonious act of conferring knighthood in ancient times. It consisted of an embrace and gentle blow with the sword on the shoulder of the person on whom the honor of knighthood was being conferred.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of accolade in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of accolade in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of accolade in a Sentence

  1. Douglas Emhoff:

    I'll always remember generations of women have served in this role before me -- often without much accolade or acknowledgment. It's their legacy of progress I will build on as Second Gentleman.

  2. Chuzy:

    Win a heart today,it might go missing tomorrow. . But win an accolade today,and it shall forever remain in history

  3. Republican Representative Paul Gosar:

    To continue honoring Bill Cosby with this prestigious accolade would be an affront to women nationwide, particularly those who were victims of his horrific acts.

  4. Chris Kermode:

    He's in his prime, unquestionably at the pinnacle of the game, and fully deserving of this latest accolade, a true credit to our sport.

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