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 Frank, the editor of the Black Wall Street Times, who helped organize the protest, encouraged the applause. Victor Luckerson, The New Yorker, "The Defacement and Destruction of Black Lives Matter Murals," 19 Nov. 2020 After Tiger Woods parred the final hole of his opening round at the Masters here on Thursday, an appropriately polite applause burst out from the gallery. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Augusta National’s Members Have a New Job at the Masters: Clapping for Tiger," 13 Nov. 2020 At least four people were ejected in the afternoon, each of them met with applause from the elections staff. Washington Post, "As Michigan is called for Biden, tensions and challenges surround the vote-counting process," 4 Nov. 2020 But recent, back-to-back decisions in police shooting cases have earned applause from police accountability advocates — as well as speculation of political calculus ahead of a potential re-election bid. Anna Buchmann,, "Bay Briefing: Close eye on coronavirus as Bay Area reopens further," 28 Oct. 2020 The movie houses of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York shake with applause. The Salt Lake Tribune, "Digital and drive-in, film festivals try to salvage a season," 8 Sep. 2020 The movie houses of Venice, Telluride, Toronto and New York shake with applause. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, "Digital and drive-in, film festivals try to salvage a season," 8 Sep. 2020 The only surprise left in the modern convention was how long the evening would wear on, as audiences on a hair-trigger-to-holler interrupted with too much applause. John Dickerson, CBS News, "Setting the stage for the Democratic Party's unconventional convention," 16 Aug. 2020 Lacey entered the room holding hands with her husband, David, to loud applause from a few dozen prosecutors and staff members before conceding. James Queally, Los Angeles Times, "George Gascón will be L.A. County’s next district attorney as incumbent Jackie Lacey concedes," 6 Nov. 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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22 Nov 2020

Cite this Entry

“Applause.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Nov. 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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