[ak-uh-leyd, -lahd; ak-uh-leyd, -lahd]
any award, honor, or laudatory notice: The play received accolades from the press.
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.
the ceremony itself.
Music. a brace joining several staves.
an archivolt or hood molding having more or less the form of an ogee arch.
a decoration having more or less the form of an ogee arch, cut into a lintel or flat arch.

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. Unabridged
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accolade (ˈækəˌleɪd, ˌækəˈleɪd)
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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Word Origin & History

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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