ap·​plause | \ ə-ˈplȯz How to pronounce applause (audio) \

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), réclame


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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So was the artist herself, who apparently asked for a round of applause for the designer. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Meet the Designer Behind Lady Gaga’s Mesmerizing Sci-fi Costumes," 14 Jan. 2019 Despite the criticism, Feinstein was embraced by the event’s attendees, giving her a round of applause for her job questioning Kavanaugh. Lukas Mikelionis, Fox News, "Kavanaugh views Trump as an ‘oligarch,’ Feinstein says," 10 Sep. 2018 Smith bounded onto the stage to applause, and some jokey shouting of his name. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Stephen A. Smith Won’t Stop Talking," 16 June 2018 Grandal received his National League championship ring in the clubhouse before the game and got some nice applause from the 43,643 fans on hand before his first at-bat. Joe Reedy, The Seattle Times, "Ex-Dodger Grandal leads Brewers to 8-5 win over Los Angeles," 13 Apr. 2019 Madden received a round of applause during her speech about ending gender bias and wage disparity in the film and television industry. Jonathan Landrum Jr., The Seattle Times, "Costume Designers Guild honors Ruth E. Carter, Glenn Close," 20 Feb. 2019 Jordan Donica, whose virile voice matched his stature, received riotous applause as Lancelot, the knight who loves Arthur’s queen, embodied by the hysterical and ultimately heartbreaking Solea Pfeiffer. Ian Malone, Vogue, "Camelot Ruled the Stage at Lincoln Center Theater’s Benefit Gala," 5 Mar. 2019 Nissan employees, according to people who heard the talk, broke into applause when Mr. Saikawa had finished. Phred Dvorak, WSJ, "At Troubled Nissan, CEO Described as a ‘Space Alien’ Takes the Wheel," 30 Dec. 2018 After a few seconds, the theatre finally started a slow clap, which turned into raucous applause. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Natalie Portman and Sia-Composed Songs Stole the Show at Last Night’s Premiere for Vox Lux," 14 Dec. 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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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 How to pronounce applause (audio) \

Kids Definition of applause

: approval shown especially by clapping the hands

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highly pertinent or appropriate

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