ova·​tion | \ ō-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce ovation (audio) \

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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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 on the Web The largest ovation of the morning may have been for comedian Valencia Johnson, known as Mrs. V, who ad-libbed for a few minutes while the organizers hoped Render might arrive in time to speak to the crowd. Dennis Pillion | Dpillion@al.com, al, 17 Jan. 2022 In 2020, McGee drew a standing ovation from members of Congress when introduced by President Donald Trump during his State of the Union address. Douglass K. Daniel, baltimoresun.com, 17 Jan. 2022 Stephenson subbed in for a Justin Holiday at the 6:23 mark of the first quarter and received a standing ovation from the crowd. James Boyd, The Indianapolis Star, 6 Jan. 2022 Dexter Hansen, a sixth-grader from Lakewood Elementary, and Eleanor Kinsmire, a second-grader from Orchard Elementary, school drew a standing ovation from the crowd. Connor Sanders, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Jan. 2022 The Magic played a video tribute honoring Vučević and the center received a standing ovation from the crowd at Amway Center during his pregame introduction. Julia Poe, chicagotribune.com, 27 Nov. 2021 The actress received a standing ovation from the crowd of 3000 that lasted a full two minutes. Essence, 10 Nov. 2021 The biggest ovation was, of course, for Grohl, who was earning induction into the Rock Hall for the second time. Troy L. Smith, cleveland, 31 Oct. 2021 The standing ovation for Smart, which Bryant participated in, was the biggest of the night. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 20 Sep. 2021

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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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24 Jan 2022

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“Ovation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovation. Accessed 26 Jan. 2022.

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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


ova·​tion | \ ō-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce ovation (audio) \

Kids Definition of ovation

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

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