applause

noun ap·plause \ ə-ˈplȯz \

Definition of applause

1 :marked commendation :acclaim
  • the kind of applause every really creative writer wants
  • —Robert Tallant
2 :approval publicly expressed (as by clapping the hands)
  • a round of applause

Examples of applause in a Sentence

  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

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Origin and Etymology of applause

Medieval Latin applausus, from Latin, beating of wings, from applaudere



APPLAUSE Defined for English Language Learners

applause

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Definition of applause for English Language Learners

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


APPLAUSE Defined for Kids

applause

noun ap·plause \ ə-ˈplȯz \

Definition of applause for Students

:approval shown especially by clapping the hands


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