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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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 Golf is typically the most genteel of sports, with its hushed greenside whispers and polite, muffled applause. Jimmy Golen, Hartford Courant, 15 June 2022 The hall filled with cheering and applause as Scott burst into tears. oregonlive, 10 June 2022 There was applause at times, even a few audible cheers. Tim Reynolds, ajc, 9 June 2022 When Joseph climbs the ladder to the tree stand and takes a seat, applause erupts. Peter Debruge, Variety, 9 June 2022 Quinta Brunson—the writer, producer, comedian and actor behind the breakout hit Abbott Elementary—called for higher salaries for teachers to applause at the TIME100 Gala Wednesday evening. Julia Zorthian, Time, 9 June 2022 The sketch garnered laughter and applause outside of Buckingham Palace, where a large crowd gathered on day three of the four-day celebration. Jessica Wang,, 5 June 2022 Tissues were given out and along the way, audience members offered encouragement, laughs and applause in all the right places. Mj Slaby, The Indianapolis Star, 3 June 2022 Confetti rained down, and the audience gave a thunderous applause as Logan was awarded the 2022 Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy by the CEO of the E.W. Scripps Company, Adam P. Sympson. Yolanda Baruch, Forbes, 3 June 2022 See More

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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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19 Jun 2022

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“Applause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Jun. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of applause

: approval shown especially by clapping the hands

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