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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Some of the best applause lines of Monday’s debate came when Republicans addressed the specter of installing highway tolls, which all of them oppose, and dysfunction at the state Department of Motor Vehicles. Neil Vigdor,, "Five Key Takeaways From The First GOP Gubernatorial Primary Debate," 12 June 2018 Another isn't likely to win ringing applause — and that's higher taxes. Steve Kraske, kansascity, "Here's a straight-talkin' candidate for Kansas governor you should consider," 28 June 2018 In Trump’s revisionist account, his jibe at Sanford earns applause and laughter, not boos. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Donald Trump keeps slaying the slain.," 21 June 2018 Robles said, drawing a smile from superintendent Charles Dupre himself and rousing applause from the thousands of parents, friends and family members attending the graduation ceremony. Kristi Nix, Houston Chronicle, "Tested by a tough year, Fort Bend ISD’s Class of 2018 finishes not just strong, but #Houstonstrong," 18 June 2018 Minutes later, the audition concluded with the entire auditorium erupting in applause. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'America's Got Talent' Fans Are Upset After Heidi Klum Gave MaKayla Phillips the Golden Buzzer," 11 July 2018 The audience, responding to the dog whistle, erupted in applause. Logan Jenkins,, "For true moderates, New Yorker tops Dem dream ticket," 9 July 2018 On Monday night, when Governor Osottanakorn shared the news that rescuers had found the boys alive, the group erupted in applause. J. Weston Phippen, Outside Online, "The Thai Soccer Team Trapped in a Cave Was Found Alive," 2 July 2018 The crowd of protesters - most wearing teal t-shirts - erupted in applause. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "Two Michigan State trustees fail in effort to fire John Engler," 22 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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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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obstinately defiant of authority

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