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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for applause

Synonyms

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

Antonyms

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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When the school’s directors, Tom and Holly (her real name) Valent, strode out together on stage, applause soared through the crimson and green auditorium. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 Grant Gershon, the Master Chorale’s artistic director, introduced Sunday’s program by suggesting that the audience hold their applause until the end of the concert. Catherine Womack, Los Angeles Magazine, "A Night of Music That Helped Me Mourn Bourdain," 12 June 2018 The announcement was followed by cheers and applause by the team members at the Denver headquarters of Lockheed Martin, the company that built the spacecraft. Loren Grush, The Verge, "After a two-year journey, a NASA spacecraft arrives at its target asteroid," 3 Dec. 2018 Glen’s announcement is met with whooping and cheering and applause—along with suggestions from several Girl Scouts who feel strongly that Eleanor Roosevelt should be among the first memorialized. Kimberly Cutter, Marie Claire, "New York City Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen Is Making Her Hometown the Best Place on Earth for Women," 24 Oct. 2018 Twice the sweating, mopping, fanning throng burst into applause. sandiegouniontribune.com, "July 11, 1925: Scopes trial begins," 11 July 2018 At the end of the ceremony, a cart brought her to the stadium as students burst into applause. Don Sweeney, sacbee, "She can't go out in the sun, but wanted to graduate with friends. This is how she did it," 10 June 2018 Bishop Curry’s performance garnered cheers and applause. Caity Weaver, New York Times, "I Also Went to the Royal Wedding," 24 May 2018 Our ballroom of Americans gasped, fell to silence and then broke into applause. Beth Spotswood, San Francisco Chronicle, "SF’s Crown and Crumpet’s high tea just the thing for royal wedding," 22 May 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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applause

noun

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

applause

noun
ap·​plause | \ ə-ˈplȯz \

Kids Definition of applause

: approval shown especially by clapping the hands

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