ex·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌek-sklə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce exclamation (audio) \

Definition of exclamation

1 : a sharp or sudden utterance
2 : vehement expression of protest or complaint

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Examples of exclamation in a Sentence

Her unexpected announcement caused a few exclamations of surprise. the good news was greeted with a chorus of joyous exclamations
Recent Examples on the Web Many debated whether the number of exclamation points held any secret meaning. New York Times, "How Andy Jassy, Amazon’s Next C.E.O., Was a ‘Brain Double’ for Jeff Bezos," 3 Feb. 2021 Cole commented a bunch of exclamation points under the post. Kori Williams, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need to Know About Vanessa Hudgens' Rumored Boyfriend Cole Tucker," 5 Jan. 2021 Yes indeed, all exclamation points have become question marks since 2020 had its way with us. Matthew Gilbert, BostonGlobe.com, "The ones to watch in 2021," 31 Dec. 2020 These were exclamation points on the Huskies’ 82-61 win over DePaul at Gampel Pavilion on Wednesday night. Dom Amore, courant.com, "Dunks steal the show, but for UConn men it starts and ends with Dan Hurley’s defense; plus more takeaways from the win over DePaul," 31 Dec. 2020 The only excessive thing about it is the exclamation mark in the title. Anthony Lane, The New Yorker, "“Dear Comrades!” Is Andrei Konchalovsky’s Masterpiece," 25 Dec. 2020 San Jose State put an exclamation mark on a historic season Saturday. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Unbeaten San Jose State dusts Boise State in Mountain West title game," 19 Dec. 2020 The most exuberant flourish about the show might have been the exclamation mark in the title. Emily Langer, Washington Post, "Alex Trebek, quintessential quizmaster as ‘Jeopardy!’ host for three decades, dies at 80," 8 Nov. 2020 First-half goals from Franco Jara and Fafá Picault gave the home side an early advantage and Picault put an exclamation mark on the win with an individual effort in stoppage time. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "FC Dallas clinches playoff spot, defeats Houston Dynamo," 31 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of exclamation

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of exclamation was in the 14th century

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11 Feb 2021

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“Exclamation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exclamation. Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of exclamation

: a sharp or sudden cry : a word, phrase, or sound that expresses a strong emotion


ex·​cla·​ma·​tion | \ ˌek-sklə-ˈmā-shən How to pronounce exclamation (audio) \

Kids Definition of exclamation

: a sharp or sudden cry or expression of strong feeling

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