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Definition of the noun accolade

What does accolade mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: accolades

  1. a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of accolade: award / honor / honour / laurels
    • more generic word: symbol = an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
    • more specific terms:
      • trophy / prize = something given as a token of victory
      • aliyah = the honor of being called up to the reading desk in the synagogue to read from the Torah
      • academic degree / degree = an award conferred by a college or university signifying that the recipient has satisfactorily completed a course of study
      • pennant / crown = the award given to the champion
      • seal of approval / cachet / seal = an indication of approved or superior status
      • commendation / citation = an official award (as for bravery or service) usually given as formal public statement
      • distinction = an honor awarded to someone in recognition of achievement or superiority
      • honorable mention / mention = an official recognition of merit
      • varsity letter / letter = an award earned by participation in a school sport
      • laurel wreath / decoration / medallion / ribbon / medal / palm = an award for winning a championship or commemorating some other event
      • trophy = an award for success in war or hunting
      • Emmy = an annual award by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for outstanding achievements in television
      • Nobel prize = an annual award for outstanding contributions to chemistry or physics or physiology and medicine or literature or economics or peace
      • Academy Award / Oscar = an annual award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for achievements in motion picture production and performance
      • Prix de Rome = an annual prize awarded by the French government in a competition of painters and artists and sculptors and musicians and architects
      • Prix Goncourt = an award given annually for contributions to French literature

Alternative definition of the noun accolade


  1. An expression of approval; praise.
  2. A special acknowledgment; an award.
  3. [historical] A salutation marking the conferring of knighthood, consisting of an embrace or a kiss, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat of a sword.
  4. [music] A brace used to join two or more staves.
  5. [US military] Written Presidential certificate recognizing service by personnel who died or were wounded in action between 1917 and 1918, or who died in service between 1941 and 1947, or died of wounds received in Korea between June 27, 1950 and July 27, 1954. Service of civilians who died overseas or as a result of injury or disease contracted while serving in a civilian capacity with the United States Armed Forces during the dates and/or in areas prescribed is in like manner recognized.

Definition of the noun accolade for high school students

    high praise, special distinction
    • example: Everyone offered accolades to Sam after he won the Noble Prize.

The noun accolade is considered to be a word that all college-aspiring students should know and understand, so it frequently appears on the SAT, ACT and other college admissions tests.

Definition of the verb accolade

What does accolade mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: accoladed | accolading | accolades

  1. [transitive] To embrace or kiss in salutation.
  2. [transitive] To confer a knighthood on.


  1. Accolade, Inc. was an American video game developer and publisher of the 1980s and 1990s. Headquartered in San Jose, California, it was founded in 1984 by game industry veterans Alan Miller and Bob Whitehead. Miller and Whitehead founded Accolade after leaving another game developer and publisher they had founded, Activision, the world's first third-party game developer.
  2. Accolade is a record label.


Accolade is a musical group.

  • album: "Festivalia"


"Accolade" is a musical single of Stickman Cartel.

  • released on


Accolade is a Building, Skyscraper in Toronto, Canada.

  • also known as The Residences of Accolade


  1. Accolade: In the Middle Ages, the accolade was the central act in the rite of passage ceremonies conferring knighthood.
  2. Accolade is a 1950 play by the Welsh playwright Emlyn Williams. Accolade was first presented in London by H. M. Tennent Ltd, in association with Leland Hayward and Joshua Logan, at the Aldwych Theatre, on September 7, 1950, with Emlyn Williams as Will Trenting and a cast including Diana Churchill, Anthony Nicholls, Dora Bryan and Noel Willman.
  3. Accolade is an award category.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Accolade

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Google previewReflections on Language Learning (1994)

by Leila Barbara, Mike Scott

The highest accolade is that the methodology, the materials, the emphasis on training and development of the network have been clearly demonstrated as having a relevance not only to the teaching of foreign languages apart from English, ...

Google previewVerbal Advantage (2009)

Ten Easy Steps to a Powerful Vocabulary by Charles Harrington Elster

An accolade is an award, sign of respect or esteem, anything done or given as a token of appreciation or approval. 5. False. The vernacular is the common, everyday language of ordinary people as opposed to the literary or cultured language.

Google previewA Treatise of Orders and Plain Dignities (1994)

by Charles Loyseau, Howell A. Lloyd

Alternatively, the accolade is the embrace which the new. 6 Drvus Claudius [xxv. 1].

Google previewAmerican Printer and Lithographer (1887)

An interline is a lead ; an accolade is a brace ; a union mark is a hyphen ; a fly's foot is a paragraph mark ; the putter in pages is the makeup or ...

Google previewPopular Dictionary of Architecture and the Allied Arts (1881)

A Work of Reference for the Architect, Builder, Sculptor, Decorative Artist, and General Student. With Numerous Illustrations from All Styles of Architecture, from the Egyptian to the Renaissance by William Audsley

ACCOLADE. (Fr.) This word signifies literally an embrace. In architecture it is employed to designate the splayed or moulded...

The simplest form of the accolade is most usually found in French domestic architecture of the fifteenth century, and ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

ACCOLADE, n. dk'6-lad' [F. accolade, an embrace, a kiss—from L. ad, collum, the neek—l1't., ...

Google previewDirr's Encyclopedia of Trees and Shrubs (2011)

by Michael Dirr

Accolade® has exceedingly glossy dark green leaves, rich golden yellow fall color, and high DED resistance; witnessed a wild and splaying Accolade®, the leaves covered with galls, at Missouri Botanical Garden. TriumphTM, with better habit ...

Google previewThe Oxford Dictionary of Architecture (2015)

by James Stevens Curl, Susan Wilson


Google previewAn Encyclopedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences ... (1905)

Containing Also an Addendum, Giving the Results of Subsequent Study, Research and Discovery to the Present Time, and a Self-pronouncing Dictionary by Albert Gallatin Mackey, Charles Thompson McClenachan

The word accolade is another term of chivalry about which there is much misunderstanding. It is now supposed to mean the blow of the sword, given by the knight conferring the dignity, on the neck or shoulder of him who received it. But this is ...

Google previewAn Encyclopaedia of Freemasonry and Its Kindred Sciences (1874)

Comprising the Whole Range of Arts, Sciences and Literature as Connected with the Institution by Albert Gallatin Mackey

The word accolade is another term of chivalry about which there is much misunderstanding. It is now supposed to mean the blow of the sword, given by the knight conferring the dignity, on the neck or shoulder of him who received it. But this is ...

Google previewEncyclopedia Of Freemasonry (Annotated Edition) (2013)

by Albert G. Mackey

* ACCOLADE From the Latin ...

Google previewSturgis' Illustrated Dictionary of Architecture and Building (1989)

An Unabridged Reprint of the 1901-2 Edition by Russell Sturgis

ACCOLADE. An ornamental treatment of the arehivolt or hood monlding of an areh or of the monldings of an apparent areh, or of a form resemhling an areh, as in late Gothie work; ...

Google previewWorld Dictionary of Foreign Expressions (1999)

A Resource for Readers and Writers by Gabriel Adeleye, Kofi Acquah-Dadzie

accolade. abs. re. abbr. for absente reo (q.v.). abstractum n., pl. abstracta [L. abstract, diverted or excluded thing.] Something which is abstract. An abstract entity (e.g., a class name, a universal, etc.). Cf. concretum. abundans cautela non nocet.

Google previewWords, facts, and phrases; a dictionary of curious, quaint, and out-of-the-way matters (1882)

by Eliezer Edwards

ACCOLADE. something previously written. The expression is figurative, and is taken from the ancient method of writing on scrolls, so that everything previously mentioned in the same roll must be above. Above Par, Below Par ...

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The accolade of your peers is very exciting, always. There's lots of good stuff on the ballot. (Cory Doctorow)
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Scrabble value of A1C3C3O1L1A1D2E1

The value of this 8-letter word is 13 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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