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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When the 34 popped up again on the main screen above center field, the Fenway crowd met it with applause and cheers, showing support for the legendary Red Sox slugger. Nick Kelly,, "Pregame scene at Fenway: a solemn moment of thought, prayer and reflection for David Ortiz," 10 June 2019 Immediately, everyone erupted in applause and screams, including Katy and Lionel. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'American Idol' Fans Are FURIOUS With Luke Bryan Over His "Cruel" Joke on Monday Night’s Episode," 26 Mar. 2019 When the children’s bright yellow shirts emerged, there were applause and then hugs and some tears. Theresa Vargas, Washington Post, "Orphans from Colombia get a taste of life in America. And many may get to stay.," 30 June 2018 Vietnam War era veterans were recognized with applause and a 50th anniversary pin at a town hall meeting at Great Lakes Community Center in North Chicago on Wednesday. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "North Chicago ceremony focuses on the 'rebuilding of the goodwill toward Vietnam veterans'," 20 June 2018 Buffett said to applause and whistles from a crowd of business, political and economic development leaders. Allison Kite, kansascity, "Warren Buffett calls Lenexa his ‘new home location’ for favorite company Geico," 19 June 2018 As 161 graduates marched into the school’s gym wearing black caps and gowns, they were met with boisterous cheers, applause and whistles from the audience. Alison Kuznitz,, "Fighting For Dreams, Hartford Public High School Grads Step Into The Unknown," 15 June 2018 Series cast member Cas Anvar posted a Twitter video of Bezos' statements, which were met at the event with standing applause and cheers. Samuel Axon, Ars Technica, "The Expanse has officially been saved," 29 May 2018 The encounter, broadcast live, drew applause and tears of joy from South Koreans. The Economist, "An outbreak of summitry is a relief for South Koreans," 5 May 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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