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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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 After she had been checked out by emergency services, Smith and Eskew were able to return to the garden at Canoe - to a round of applause. Henri Hollis, ajc, "Restaurant diner, employee rescue struggling woman from Chattahoochee," 11 May 2021 One by one, the seniors were introduced through the loudspeakers, their smiling mugs posted on the big stadium scoreboard, to a smattering of applause. New York Times, "Cal Survived Covid. Now, Back to Its Usual Problems.," 10 May 2021 The many empty seats caused the usual din of applause to feel more like the polite clapping at small theater, with individual lawmakers' murmurs and clapping able to be heard during the traditional entrances before the speech. Kevin Liptak, CNN, "5 takeaways from President Biden's first address to Congress," 28 Apr. 2021 With big smiles on their pale faces, the 15 participants exited the Lombrives cave to a round of applause and basked in the light of day while wearing special glasses to protect their eyes after so long in the dark. Renata Brito, Star Tribune, "Out of the cave: French isolation study ends after 40 days," 24 Apr. 2021 With big smiles on their pale faces, the 15 left their voluntary isolation in the Lombrives cave to a round of applause and basked in the light while wearing special glasses to protect their eyes after so long in the dark. Renata Brito, BostonGlobe.com, "Out of the cave: French isolation study ends after 40 days," 24 Apr. 2021 At the conclusion of her speech, Taylor walks away from the podium and receives another round of applause from the audience. Andrew Mark Miller, Washington Examiner, "Mother goes viral slamming face mask requirements for children: 'Take these masks off of my child'," 22 Apr. 2021 The ministry continued to celebrate Shelke for his brave act with a standing round of applause from their staff and an in-person congratulations from the Divisional Railway Manager (DRM), as shown in a video shared on their Twitter account. NBC News, "Video shows man rescuing child who fell onto train tracks as oncoming train barrels into station," 21 Apr. 2021 They were used to far greater disturbances than a round of applause. ProPublica, "Protect Independent Journalism," 9 Apr. 2021

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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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14 May 2021

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“Applause.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/applause. Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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