Definition of accolade noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

accolade

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈækəleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈækəleɪd//
 
; BrE BrE//ˌækəˈleɪd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌækəˈleɪd//
 
(formal)
 
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praise or an award for an achievement that people admire Word Origin early 17th cent.: from French, from Provençal acolada, literally ‘embrace around the neck (when bestowing knighthood)’, from Latin ad- ‘at, to’ + collum ‘neck’.Extra examples Four restaurants have been awarded the highest accolade of a three-star rating. a long list of industry accolades He was finally awarded the ultimate accolade —British Hairdresser of the Year—in 2007.
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