applause

noun
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

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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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 At a couple of points, the audience burst into applause. Tara Bahrampour, Washington Post, "This autistic boy’s classmates had never heard him speak. What he finally said at graduation blew them away.," 18 June 2018 The crowd erupts into applause as Tyler looks across the field to see his father, dressed in uniform, walking toward him. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Army Dad Flies Home from Overseas to Surprise 'Emotional' Son at High School Graduation," 15 June 2018 Everyone in the restaurant - except the Sedarises - burst into applause. Rachel Manteuffel, chicagotribune.com, "After nine books, what more could David Sedaris have to say? A great deal.," 31 May 2018 When Benjamin Carlson was announced as the teacher of the year Thursday night, the audience burst into applause. Ruth Bruno, courant.com, "Hartford Teacher Of The Year Awarded To Benjamin Carlson," 24 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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The first known use of applause was in the 15th century

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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 How to pronounce applause (audio) \

Kids Definition of applause

: approval shown especially by clapping the hands

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