Definition of accolade in US English:



  • 1An award or privilege granted as a special honor or as an acknowledgment of merit.

    ‘the ultimate official accolade of a visit by the president’
    • ‘He became one of the biggest names in boxing, winning numerous accolades for himself and his country.’
    • ‘The ever-popular choir has won numerous accolades including Best Male Voice Choir in NW England, has toured extensively in Europe, and has also featured on radio and television.’
    • ‘The 16th century inn has won numerous accolades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But have the awards, accolades and huge financial rewards diminished his drive and determination in any way?’
    • ‘I doubt that those who awarded the prizes and accolades to Lew would have heard of any of them.’
    • ‘Siemens were given a further accolade when they were awarded the ultimate title of Rail Business of the Year.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘This film, besides winning numerous European awards and accolades, is the highest-grossing German film in that country's history.’
    • ‘His award and accolades must be numerous, though I can't name any.’
    • ‘Standing at 15,2 hands, the three-year-old was awarded the ultimate accolade and crowned supreme champion of the show.’
    • ‘It would not surprise me if she wins accolades and awards.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Launched smoothly last year, it proved to be a success, winning various critical accolades and awards.’
    • ‘Its work has also won accolades and awards from the British and International Councils for Shopping Centres, the Civic Trust and Europa Nostra.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘FARMERS ' markets throughout the region have been awarded an annual accolade to recognise their support of local produce.’
    • ‘The Safer Business Award is a Government accolade that recognises towns making special efforts to cut business crime.’
    • ‘Analytical scientists should be delighted, because it is not often that those who develop workhorse instrumental techniques are awarded the ultimate accolade for chemistry.’
    • ‘As a special Andy received numerous accolades and awards, including an MBE in 2001, for services to Gloucestershire's special constabulary.’
    honour, recognition, privilege, award, gift, title
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    1. 1.1 An expression of praise or admiration.
      • ‘Not that he's buying the accolades about challenging the parameters of punk and blazing new paths of self-expression.’
      • ‘The accolades bestowed on Coues in that memorial reflect his stature as one of the greatest ornithologists of his time, and maybe of all time.’
      • ‘An overall increase of 9 marks from the 2003 total was a major achievement and those responsible deserve the highest accolades.’
      • ‘These days, van Dyk is one of the most easily recognized names on the DJ circuit, earning accolades from both critics and fans alike - an accomplishment that is increasingly rare.’
      • ‘Twink responded to the accolades by appearing to wipe tears from her cheeks.’
      • ‘But the director gets accolades for working on such a big project.’
      • ‘The marquise gave the supreme accolade of her approval to the sculptors Pigalle and Falconet by posing for them at full length.’
      • ‘‘I'm just doing my job,’ has been Howard's response to my accolades.’
      • ‘Though the building received accolades from the architecture community, many critics considered it inhospitable to the display of art.’
      • ‘He has been showered with tributes and accolades from the city's council members, business leaders and Environment Minister Martin Cullen.’
      • ‘Next to receive the accolades of the local community was Tony Gartland who displayed tremendous determination to overcome his medical condition.’
      • ‘He never puts himself forward for any praise or accolades but just drifts on, season after season, one of the most consistent performers in the game.’
      • ‘I can picture myself in their place, garnering the accolades, the applause, the love, if only someone would take a chance on me.’
      • ‘‘Bedbound’ has been hailed with a chorus of critical superlatives and accolades from its audiences nationwide.’
      • ‘I am not writing this letter looking for praise or accolades for my efforts.’
      • ‘Once out of the safety of the art-house arena, accolades like ‘critically acclaimed’ are cold comfort for mainstream comedies.’
      • ‘But before the accolades and universal acclaim, Kahanamoku was going to do something very small and singularly important for American sports.’
      • ‘Students and teachers are to be complimented and praised, with special accolades to Paula Gardiner, NCTM, for organizing this event.’
      • ‘So hot were their moves that the crowd rewarded a truly scintillating performance with the highest accolade, a standing ovation.’
      • ‘It's very rare for a defender to gain accolades or praise when compared to the goal-getters or midfield playmakers.’
      • ‘Special accolades are in order for Jack Warner and coach Beenhakker, as the achievement could not have materialised without them.’
      tribute, commendation, acclaim, applause, ovation, acclamation, approval, admiration, approbation, testimonial, praise, welcome, flattery, kudos, adulation, homage, compliment, pat on the back, eulogy, encomium, panegyric
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  • 2A touch on a person's shoulders with a sword at the bestowing of a knighthood.

    • ‘Knighthood was conferred by the overlord with the accolade.’
    • ‘The Accolade was a ceremony anciently used in conferring knighthood.’
    • ‘Any knight of renown could make a knight, and the squire had but to kneel before him and receive the accolade.’
    • ‘The honour of knighthood derives from the usages of mediaeval chivalry, as does the method normally used to confer the knighthood: the accolade, or the touch of a sword by the Sovereign.’
    • ‘A squire could also be knighted on the battlefield, in which a lord simply performed the accolade.’


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