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
They were greeted with deafening applause at the D.C. competition.
Rogers said, which was followed by applause from about 30 people in the audience.
Kim Jong Un was feted at a concert replete with pop music and thunderous applause marking last week's successful launch of his country's first intercontinental ballistic missile.
Others included Braves’ outfielder Ender Inciarte, a Venezuelan who also got hearty applause.
A round of applause emoji for Clarkson and her body positivity.
By October, voices on the radio that was always on in my parents’ kitchen began to articulate this sentiment less guardedly — sometimes to applause, sometimes to boos.
In this video, one person came close and recived a healthy round of applause.
While speaking with host Lara Logan, Lorde was asked about what feminism means to her – and her answer was definitely applause-worthy.
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Origin and Etymology of applause
Medieval Latin applausus, from Latin, beating of wings, from applaudere
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
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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