ad·​mi·​ra·​tion ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce admiration (audio)
: a feeling of respect and approval
They had/felt great admiration for her courage.
: an object of esteem
… his perfect horsemanship … was one of my earliest admirations.Joseph Conrad
archaic : wonder

Examples of admiration in a Sentence

She looked at them in admiration. I have great admiration for her courage. We were filled with admiration for him. She earned the admiration of her coworkers. I have a great admiration for her courage.
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Word History


Middle English admiracion, borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French amiracion, going back to Old French ammiration, borrowed from Latin admīrātiōn-, admīrātiō, from admīrārī "to admire" + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of admiration was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Admiration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Kids Definition


ad·​mi·​ra·​tion ˌad-mə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce admiration (audio)
: an object of admiring regard
: a feeling of great and delighted approval

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