ova·tion | \ō-ˈvā-shən \

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for ovation


acclamation, applause, cheer, cheering, plaudit(s), rave(s)


booing, hissing

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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

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The congregation at Acts Full Gospel Church in Oakland gave Winkfield a standing ovation on Friday for fighting to keep her daughter on life support and taking on the medical establishment in the brain death debate between science and religion. NBC News, "'They are not God': Mother of girl declared dead twice criticizes doctors," 9 July 2018 For the finale, opera music blared from the speakers as showgoers gave Piccioli a standing ovation. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "This Is the Biggest, Best Hair at Haute Couture Fashion Week," 5 July 2018 Of all the persons on the bill, Music Business says, Joan Baez was the only one called back for an ovation. Ralph J. Gleason, SFChronicle.com, "Joan Baez, Dylan — a special case, Ralph J. Gleason, 1964," 20 June 2018 Rhythmic clapping is usually as close as audiences come, and the Philadelphia Orchestra received that plus an extremely rare standing ovation at Charles Bronfman Auditorium following Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4 on Monday. David Patrick Stearns, Philly.com, "Philadelphia Orchestra plays Tel Aviv in its second of three shows in Israel," 4 June 2018 On Monday, Richmond will help Hardaway receive an even bigger ovation. Noel Harris, sacbee, "How Mitch Richmond will help a former teammate receive a distinguished honor | The Sacramento Bee," 20 May 2018 Castillo received an ovation from the crowd of 14,804 when exited from the mound. Bobby Nightengale, Cincinnati.com, "Solid start by Luis Castillo, Eugenio Suarez's bat lift Cincinnati Reds past Mets," 8 May 2018 By the end of the performance, Underwood was crying and the audience gave her an extended standing ovation. Cindy Watts, USA TODAY, "Jason Aldean and Miranda Lambert score big at ACM Awards, Carrie Underwood steals show," 16 Apr. 2018 Pity the Purdue legend who’s quote follows Keady, because the sight of Keady scowling from the giant scoreboard causes an ovation that drowns out whoever is speaking next. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Gene Keady legend grows as Bob Knight’s continues to shrink," 23 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of ovation

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for ovation

Latin ovation-, ovatio, from ovare to exult; akin to Greek euoi, interjection used in bacchic revels

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English Language Learners Definition of ovation

: 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


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Kids Definition of ovation

: an expression of approval or enthusiasm made by clapping or cheering

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