(AK-uh-layd, -lahd, ak-uh-LAYD, -LAHD)
1. An award, honor, or an expression of praise.
2. A touch on someone’s shoulders with the flat blade of a sword in the ceremony of conferring knighthood. Earlier an embrace was used instead.
From French accolade (an embrace), from accoler (to embrace), from Latin accolare, from ad- (to, on) + collum (neck). Ultimately from the Indo-European root kwel- (to revolve), which is also the source of words such as colony, cult, culture, cycle, cyclone, chakra, collar, col , palindrome, and palinode. Earliest documented use: 1623.
“The firm’s Bangor branch took the accolade for best performing store.”
Asda’s Price Guarantee Helps Sales; Belfast Telegraph (Northern Ireland); Feb 23, 2011.
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