noun ap·plause \ə-ˈplz\

: a show of approval or appreciation at a play, speech, sporting event, etc., in which people strike their hands together over and over

Full Definition of APPLAUSE

:  marked commendation :  acclaim <the kind of applause every really creative writer wants — Robert Tallant>
:  approval publicly expressed (as by clapping the hands)

Examples of APPLAUSE

  1. The announcement was greeted with applause and cheers.
  2. <a design for a memorial for the victims of the attack that has received nothing but applause from officials, commentators, and the general public>

Origin of APPLAUSE

Medieval Latin applausus, from Latin, beating of wings, from applaudere
First Known Use: 15th century

Rhymes with APPLAUSE

APPLAUSE Defined for Kids


noun ap·plause \ə-ˈplz\

Definition of APPLAUSE for Kids

:  approval shown especially by clapping the hands


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