Definition of ovation
1 : a ceremony attending the entering of Rome by a general who had won a victory of less importance than that for which a triumph was granted
2 : an expression or demonstration of popular acclaim especially by enthusiastic applause received a standing ovation
Examples of ovation in a Sentence
He was welcomed by a warm ovation when he came out onto the stage.
received a standing ovation for the masterly performance
Recent Examples of ovation from the Web
But tat the first media timeout, as the ice crew cleaned the surface, the undaunted home crowd showered the Predators with a 90-second standing ovation.
In the family seats behind home plate, Smith’s parents, Lori and Ron, were among the thousands still left in Safeco that rewarded him with standing ovation.
The 12-run outburst served to support starter Jason Hammel, who allowed three runs in 6 2/3 innings and left to a warm ovation.
Greeted with a standing ovation, Corbyn has relaxed in the closing stretch of the campaign.
And in through the back door, sneaking, was Bobby Flay, to a standing ovation.
The crowd responded with a standing ovation after her remarks under the Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Fresh off the final playoff victory over the Cubs, Chandler was greeted with a standing ovation upon entering a Kearny Mesa pizzeria where he was known.
His new Netflix movie, The Meyerowitz Stories, was given a four-minute standing ovation this week at the Cannes Film Festival.
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Origin and Etymology of ovation
Latin ovation-, ovatio, from ovare to exult; akin to Greek euoi, interjection used in bacchic revels
First Known Use: 1533See Words from the same year
OVATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of ovation for English Language Learners
: an occurrence in which a group of people at a play, speech, sporting event, etc., show enthusiastic approval or appreciation by clapping their hands together over and over
OVATION Defined for Kids
Definition of ovation for Students
: an expression of approval or enthusiasm made by clapping or cheering
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