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
The announcement was greeted with applause and cheers.
a design for a memorial for the victims of the attack that has received nothing but applause from officials, commentators, and the general public
Recent Examples of applause from the Web
After milking applause from the fans, Djokovic conducted his brief post-match interview on court.
Zinke, Montana’s sole U.S. House representative prior to his appointment, won immediate applause with his opening remarks at BSU, rejecting the transfer of public lands.
Players get the applause, stars get the publicity, but General Manager Nelson Rodriguez has methodically built a good team, bringing in players who can play.
The 193-member world body that represents all countries and controls the U.N.’s budget burst into applause Wednesday when current Assembly President Peter Thomson announced that Lajcak had been elected by acclamation.
Council meetings often become a dueling spectacle of applauses or jeers from the audience at either the mayor or the council.
Godfrey urged the crowd to honor her cousin's memory with love, which drew swelling applause.
The trio received a long round of applause from graduates and those in attendance.
The address drew hearty applause as Pence — a Republican former congressman and governor of Indiana — discussed the commander-in-chief and his own thoughts on service.
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Origin and Etymology of applause
Medieval Latin applausus, from Latin, beating of wings, from applaudere
First Known Use: 15th century
APPLAUSE Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of applause for Students
: approval shown especially by clapping the hands
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