Meaning of accolade

ac•co•lade

Pronunciation: (ak'u-lād", -läd"&wdspcak"u-lād', -läd'), [key]
— n.
  1. any award, honor, or laudatory notice: The play received accolades from the press.
  2. a light touch on the shoulder with the flat side of the sword or formerly by an embrace, done in the ceremony of conferring knighthood.
  3. the ceremony itself.
  4. a brace joining several staves.
    1. an archivolt or hood molding having more or less the form of an ogee arch.
    2. a decoration having more or less the form of an ogee arch, cut into a lintel or flat arch.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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