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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 When someone wins, the entire apartment complex bursts into applause. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "In Madrid, Balcony Bingo Is Bringing Neighbors Together," 24 Mar. 2020 John Caldwell said earlier this week Standing ovation The most low-key tribute to workers braving COVID-19 are the daily praise in some areas in the form of applause. Fox News, "How America is honoring coronavirus frontline workers," 30 Apr. 2020 In the clip, the family of five can be seen emerging from their Anmer Hall home to join countless others across the U.K. in a joint round of applause honoring emergency health care workers. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, "Prince William, Kate Middleton, and Their Children Clap for Carers Together," 23 Apr. 2020 After each song, there was a roar of applause from the few residents outside and the ones watching inside. Karina Bland, azcentral, "Side by side and six feet apart, senior residents find joy in the middle of a pandemic," 5 Apr. 2020 So a round of applause is due for Miley Cyrus, who hosted boyfriend Cody Simpson on her show Bright Minded—and made it through a very intense live reading of a poem dedicated to her. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Cody Simpson Read Miley Cyrus the Love Poem He Wrote For Her on Instagram Live," 3 Apr. 2020 There were sheets being pulled off cars to, in this case, a light scattering of applause. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "In the days of coronavirus, an international auto show moves to cyberspace," 9 Mar. 2020 Her decision to stand and clap during applause lines, even on domestic matters, was consistent with the actions of other cabinet officials, including the defense secretary and the director of national intelligence. Ken Dilanian, NBC News, "CIA's Haspel applauds during Trump's State of the Union speech, surprising some intel officials," 5 Feb. 2020 The idea became a regular applause line for Trump at his political rallies. Time, "Trump Unveils Logo for New United States Space Force, With Nod to Star Trek," 25 Jan. 2020

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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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23 May 2020

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“Applause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2020.

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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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