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ovation

noun ova·tion \ō-ˈvā-shən\

: an occurrence in which a group of people at a play, speech, sporting event, etc., show enthusiastic approval or appreciation by clapping their hands together over and over

Full Definition of OVATION

1
:  a ceremony attending the entering of Rome by a general who had won a victory of less importance than that for which a triumph was granted
2
:  an expression or demonstration of popular acclaim especially by enthusiastic applause <received a standing ovation>

Examples of OVATION

  1. He was welcomed by a warm ovation when he came out onto the stage.
  2. <received a standing ovation for the masterly performance>

Origin of OVATION

Latin ovation-, ovatio, from ovare to exult; akin to Greek euoi, interjection used in bacchic revels
First Known Use: 1533

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