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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [ak-uh-leyd, -lahd; ak-uh-leyd, -lahd]
    • /ˈæk əˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd; ˌæk əˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd/
    • /ˈæk.ə.leɪd/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [ak-uh-leyd, -lahd; ak-uh-leyd, -lahd]
    • /ˈæk əˌleɪd, -ˌlɑd; ˌæk əˈleɪd, -ˈlɑd/

Definitions of accolade word

  • countable noun accolade If someone is given an accolade, something is done or said about them which shows how much people admire them. 3
  • noun accolade strong praise or approval; acclaim 3
  • noun accolade an award or honour 3
  • noun accolade the ceremonial gesture used to confer knighthood, originally an embrace, now a touch on the shoulder with a sword 3
  • noun accolade a curved ornamental moulding, esp one having the shape of an ogee arch 3
  • noun accolade an embrace formerly used in conferring knighthood 3

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Origin of accolade

First appearance:

before 1615
One of the 41% oldest English words
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

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Parts of speech for Accolade


accolade popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 75% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for accolade

noun accolade

  • distinction — a marking off or distinguishing as different: His distinction of sounds is excellent.
  • kudos — plural of kudo.
  • award — An award is a prize or certificate that a person is given for doing something well.
  • decoration — The decoration of a room is its furniture, wallpaper, and ornaments.
  • approval — If you win someone's approval for something that you ask for or suggest, they agree to it.

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