Definition of accolade :
1. A brace used to join two or more staves.
2. A ceremony formerly used in conferring knighthood, consisting am embrace, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat blade of a sword.
flattery (part of speech: noun)
- Our little band of recognised men, such as Sir James Barrie, Sir Anthony Hope Hawkins, Sir Rider Haggard, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, small is the toll they have taken of public recognition; perhaps they should not expect it; perhaps they have been recognised only because of certain political activities; but must we really believe that so many lawyers and so few writers are worthy of an accolade? - "A Novelist on Novels", W. L. George.
- It was an accolade, and Janet knew it. - "The Underpup", I. A. R. Wylie.
- Then, handing the sword to Marchaumont, the special envoy of her French suitor, Francis of Anjou, she ordered him to give the accolade. - "Elizabethan Sea Dogs", William Wood.