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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Synonyms & Antonyms for applause


acclamation, cheer, cheering, ovation, plaudit(s), rave(s), réclame


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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The remarks were followed by loud applause, including from several of the 10 candidates on stage. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Harris challenging Biden on race and Castro blasting Beto on immigration: These are the top moments from the Democratic debates," 28 June 2019 Video captured from Aaron's big moment shows the entire room erupting with applause. Lauren Rearick, Teen Vogue, "Aaron Philip Made Her Runway Debut at WillieNorris Workshop," 14 June 2019 The Queen's speech was greeted with a warm round of applause, which was followed by a striking UK military flypast. Kara Fox And Matthew Robinson, CNN, "Queen says her wartime generation was 'resilient' as she pays tribute to D-Day veterans," 5 June 2019 Modi, Shah, and Irani were met with the loudest applause from the audience during their swearing-in. Kuwar Singh, Quartz India, "Narendra Modi begins his second term as India’s prime minister," 30 May 2019 Shosho asked the crowd, which responded with applause. Kaila White, azcentral, "Scandal on school bus sparks fury at Verrado High in Buckeye," 3 July 2018 Dauer threw an emotional first pitch during the Astros' home opener April 2, one that concluded with Hinch embracing a sobbing Dauer midway between home plate and the pitcher's mound while the crowd roared with applause. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Rich Dauer set to coach alongside Astros' A.J. Hinch during All-Star game," 13 June 2018 He was introduced before and after the game, with loud applause each time his name was called. Glenn Graham,, "Mervo overcomes emotional, driven City for second straight City Division A boys lacrosse title, 9-7," 8 May 2018 The audience responded with applause at that point. Paul Gattis,, "Arming teachers 'idiotic idea,' Democratic gov candidate says," 5 Apr. 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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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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