ap·​plause ə-ˈplȯz How to pronounce applause (audio)
: marked commendation : acclaim
the kind of applause every really creative writer wantsRobert Tallant
: 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 on the Web The crowd immediately erupted into cheers and applause with all eyes on Kelce, who held back a big smile and shook his head. Becca Wood, NBC News, 20 Nov. 2023 At long last, the garage erupted in applause and the kind of tension-releasing cheers that suddenly pierce the air. Corey Seymour, Vogue, 20 Nov. 2023 The band members lined up at the front of the stage and bowed, and the curtains closed to deafening applause. Billboard Japan, Billboard, 17 Nov. 2023 Immigration was a recurring theme inside the stadium in Hialeah, and Trump’s jabs at open borders earned him wild applause from the audience. Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2023 At a recent session in the county’s historic courthouse, applause rang out as one woman advanced toward graduation. Geoff Mulvihill and Carla K. Johnson, The Christian Science Monitor, 6 Nov. 2023 The audience at the awards ceremony, which honors media for their accurate and inclusive representation of the L.G.B.T.Q. community, erupted into applause. Sadiba Hasan, New York Times, 4 Nov. 2023 At Tuesday’s ceremony in Los Angeles City Hall, Council member Nithya Raman, who represents the district that includes Hollywoodland, introduced the official proclamation to a smattering of applause. Reis Thebault, Washington Post, 2 Nov. 2023 Secretary of the Navy Carlos Del Toro unveiled the name during an appearance Friday at the medical center, drawing crisp applause from an audience mostly made of sailors and Marines. Gary Robbins, San Diego Union-Tribune, 28 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History


Medieval Latin applausus, from Latin, beating of wings, from applaudere

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of applause was in the 15th century

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“Applause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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ap·​plause ə-ˈplȯz How to pronounce applause (audio)
: approval shown especially by clapping the hands

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