ac·co·lade /ˈækəˌled, ˌlɑd/
1. A ceremony formerly used in conferring knighthood, consisting of an embrace, and a slight blow on the shoulders with the flat blade of a sword.
2. Mus. A brace used to join two or more staves.
n : a tangible symbol signifying approval or distinction; "an
award for bravery" [syn: award, honor, honour, laurels]