- First attested in the late 13th century.
- From Middle English acorden, borrowed from Old French acorder (compare modern French accord and accorder), from Vulgar Latin *accordō, accordāre (“to be heart to heart with”), formed from Latin ad + cor (“heart”).
- The verb is first attested in early 12th century.
accord (plural accords)
- Agreement or concurrence of opinion, will, or action.
- A harmony in sound, pitch and tone; concord.
- 17th century, Sir John Davies, The Self-Subsistence of the Soul:
- Those sweet accords are even the angels' lays.
- Agreement or harmony of things in general.
- the accord of light and shade in painting
- (law) An agreement between parties in controversy, by which satisfaction for an injury is stipulated, and which, when executed, prevents a lawsuit.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Blackstone to this entry?)
- (international law) An international agreement.
- The Geneva Accord of 1954 ended the French-Indochinese War.
- (obsolete) Assent
- Voluntary or spontaneous impulse to act.
- Nobody told me to do it. I did it of my own accord.
- Bible, Leviticus xxv. 5
- That which groweth of its own accord of thy harvest thou shalt not reap.
agreement or concurrence of opinion
harmony of sounds
agreement, harmony, or just correspondence
- (transitive) To make to agree or correspond; to suit one thing to another; to adjust.
- (transitive) To bring (people) to an agreement; to reconcile, settle, adjust or harmonize.
- (intransitive) To agree or correspond; to be in harmony.
- 1671, John Milton, “Book the Third”, in Paradise Regain’d. A Poem. In IV Books. To which is Added, Samson Agonistes, London: Printed by J. M[acock] for John Starkey […], OCLC 228732398, lines 9–11, page 54:
- Thy actions to thy words accord, thy words / To thy large heart give utterance due, thy heart / Conteins of good, wiſe, juſt, the perfect ſhape.
- 1910, Emerson Hough, chapter II, in The Purchase Price: Or The Cause of Compromise, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 639762314, page 0147:
- Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, […]. Even such a boat as the Mount Vernon offered a total deck space so cramped as to leave secrecy or privacy well out of the question, even had the motley and democratic assemblage of passengers been disposed to accord either.
- (intransitive) To agree in pitch and tone.
- (transitive, law) To grant as suitable or proper; to concede or award.
- 1951, United Nations, Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees, article 14:
- In respect of the protection of industrial property, […] a refugee shall be accorded in the country in which he has his habitual residence the same protection as is accorded to nationals of that country.
- 2010 December 16, European Court of Human Rights, A, B and C v. Ireland, number 25579/05, marginal 235:
- In the present case, and contrary to the Government’s submission, the Court considers that there is indeed a consensus amongst a substantial majority of the Contracting States of the Council of Europe towards allowing abortion on broader grounds than accorded under Irish law.
- (intransitive, obsolete) To give consent.
- (intransitive, archaic) To arrive at an agreement.
transitive: to make to agree or correspond
transitive: to bring to an agreement
intransitive: to agree or correspond; to be in harmony
transitive: to grant
accord m (plural accords)
- “accord” in le Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).