Noun Accolade Definition and Examples







An award or privilege granted as a special honour or as an acknowledgement of merit.
  1. 'As a special Andy received numerous accolades and awards, including an MBE in 2001, for services to Gloucestershire's special constabulary.'
  2. 'QED-UK, based in Bradford, has won one of the most prestigious accolades to be awarded in the charity sector at the Charity Awards 2005.'
  3. 'Launched smoothly last year, it proved to be a success, winning various critical accolades and awards.'
  4. 'The US-born chef has been running the Ivory Tower restaurant in Cork for the last decade, winning numerous international accolades for his unique style and passion.'
  5. 'He became one of the biggest names in boxing, winning numerous accolades for himself and his country.'
  6. 'Analytical scientists should be delighted, because it is not often that those who develop workhorse instrumental techniques are awarded the ultimate accolade for chemistry.'
  7. 'Siemens were given a further accolade when they were awarded the ultimate title of Rail Business of the Year.'
  8. 'His award and accolades must be numerous, though I can't name any.'
  9. 'She does not talk of the numerous awards and accolades garnered over a long career, but about the social and moral responsibility of a writer of contemporary fiction which in her opinion is considerable.'
  10. 'The executive chef has won numerous international accolades including a gold medal in the 1998 Culinary World Cup in Luxembourg, and being named the third best pastry class in the world.'
  11. 'poignant accolades and urgent testimonials of thanks'
  12. 'It's very rare for a defender to gain accolades or praise when compared to the goal-getters or midfield playmakers.'
  13. 'He has been showered with tributes and accolades from the city's council members, business leaders and Environment Minister Martin Cullen.'
  14. 'I can picture myself in their place, garnering the accolades, the applause, the love, if only someone would take a chance on me.'
  15. 'Twink responded to the accolades by appearing to wipe tears from her cheeks.'
  16. 'But before the accolades and universal acclaim, Kahanamoku was going to do something very small and singularly important for American sports.'
  17. 'But the director gets accolades for working on such a big project.'
  18. 'Though the building received accolades from the architecture community, many critics considered it inhospitable to the display of art.'
  19. 'An overall increase of 9 marks from the 2003 total was a major achievement and those responsible deserve the highest accolades.'
  20. 'Not that he's buying the accolades about challenging the parameters of punk and blazing new paths of self-expression.'
  21. '‘I'm just doing my job,’ has been Howard's response to my accolades.'
A touch on a person's shoulders with a sword at the bestowing of a knighthood.
  1. 'Knighthood was conferred by the overlord with the accolade.'
  2. 'The Accolade was a ceremony anciently used in conferring knighthood.'
((n.) A ceremony formerly used in conferring knighthood, consisting am embrace, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat blade of a sword.|--|(n.) A brace used to join two or more staves.|--|)


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. 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.


"There can be accolade scholarships."
"There can be accolade people."
"There can be accolade ers."
"accolades can be for people."
"things can have accolades."
"accolades can be from people."
"accolades can be with victories."
"knighthoods can have accolades."
"awards can have accolades."
"accolades can be in competitions."
"accolades can be for things."
"accolades can be for reforms."
"accolades can be under belts."
"accolades can be on grounds."
"accolades can be on evenings."
"worlds can have accolades."
"visits can have accolades."
"successes can have accolades."
"stars can have accolades."
"services can have accolades."

Early 17th century: from French, from Provençal acolada, literally ‘embrace around the neck (when bestowing knighthood)’, from Latin ad- ‘at, to’ + collum ‘neck’.

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