claque


claque

noun \ˈklak\

Definition of CLAQUE

1
:  a group hired to applaud at a performance
2
:  a group of sycophants

Origin of CLAQUE

French, from claquer to clap, of imitative origin
First Known Use: 1848

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

claque

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Group of people hired to clap (French, claquer) and show approval in order to influence a theatre audience. The claque dates from ancient times. Comedy competitions in Athens were often won by contestants who infiltrated audiences with paid supporters. The practice was widespread in Rome, where the emperor Nero established a school of applause. In 19th-century France most theatres had specialized claques: rieurs laughed loudly at comedies, pleureuses wept at melodramas, and bisseurs shouted for encores. The practice persists today in the operatic world.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: claqueur
Previous Word in the Dictionary: clapwort
All Words Near: claque

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up claque? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).