accolade

[ak-uh-leyd, -lahd; ak-uh-leyd, -lahd]
noun
1.
any award, honor, or laudatory notice: The play received accolades from the press.
2.
a light touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword or formerly by an embrace, done in the ceremony of conferring knighthood.
3.
the ceremony itself.
4.
Music. a brace joining several staves.
5.
Architecture.
a.
an archivolt or hood molding having more or less the form of an ogee arch.
b.
a decoration having more or less the form of an ogee arch, cut into a lintel or flat arch.

Origin:
1615–25; < French, derivative of a(c)colée embrace (with -ade -ade1), noun use of feminine past participle of a(c)coler, Old French verbal derivative of col neck (see collar) with a- a-5

accoladed, adjective

accoladed, accolated.
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accolade (ˈækəˌleɪd, ˌækəˈleɪd)
 
n
1.  strong praise or approval; acclaim
2.  an award or honour
3.  the ceremonial gesture used to confer knighthood, originally an embrace, now a touch on the shoulder with a sword
4.  a rare word for brace
5.  architect a curved ornamental moulding, esp one having the shape of an ogee arch
 
[C17: via French and Italian from Vulgar Latin accollāre (unattested) to hug; related to Latin collum neck]

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accolade
1620s, from Fr. (16c.), from Prov. acolada, ult. from noun use of a fem. pp. from V.L. *accollare "to embrace around the neck," from L. ad- "to" + collum "neck" (see collar). The original sense is of an embrace about the neck or the tapping of a sword on the shoulders to
confer knighthood. Extended meaning "praise, award" is from 1852. Also see -ade.
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Example sentences
He does not praise his employees; silence is his highest accolade.
The annual accolade was presented yesterday.
She deserves every accolade she gets.
If one book earns the accolade of ""irresistible'' this year, it
  should be this novel.
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