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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for applause


acclamation, cheer, cheering, ovation, plaudit(s), rave(s)


booing, hissing

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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

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Bancha Duriyapan told a news conference punctuated by applause from the dozens of Thai and foreign journalists and others in attendance. Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Stephen Wright, Houston Chronicle, "Amid jubilation, 4 more boys rescued from flooded Thai cave," 10 July 2018 But his dissent didn’t win widespread applause from conservative legal scholars. Ashby Jones, WSJ, "Judge Brett Kavanaugh: In His Own Words," 9 July 2018 Alu said to thundering applause from a crowded room. Susannah Bryan,, "Sunrise city manager keeps job despite bust-up over Bundt cake," 6 July 2018 The only drawback is that this is a live recording, so the music is occasionally interrupted by applause. Patrick Neas, kansascity, "These CDs will carry classical music lovers through the summer," 25 June 2018 Hanauer’s surprise announcement of a $1 million endowment brought gasps and applause from the crowd. Candace Jordan,, "Digestive Health Foundation honors 'power couple' at record-breaking gala," 20 June 2018 Soon-to-be citizens stood up in groups — 11 from Nigeria, nine from Mexico, eight from India and so on — as applause from 350 spectators trickled out. Dakota Crawford, Indianapolis Star, "How these new U.S. citizens see immigration reform," 20 June 2018 Wearing a white number 8 baseball jersey with a red C stitched on the front, Ovechkin rounds a corner in the bowels of Nationals Park, greeted by rousing applause from the stadium’s grounds crew. Alex Prewitt,, "The Great Wait Is Finally Over: After 13 Seasons, Alex Ovechkin Is a Stanley Cup Champion," 11 June 2018 Federighi added, eliciting applause from the audience. Kurt Wagner, Recode, "Apple took another swipe at Facebook," 4 June 2018

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First Known Use of applause

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for applause

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

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13 Sep 2018

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The first known use of applause was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of applause

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


ap·plause | \ ə-ˈplȯz \

Kids Definition of applause

: approval shown especially by clapping the hands

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