What does accolade mean?
The definition of accolade
Ac`co*lade” (#; 277), n.
Etym: [F. accolade, It. accolata, fr. accollare to embrace; L. ad + collum neck.]

1 A ceremony formerly used in conferring knighthood, consisting am 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.