ova·​tion ō-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce ovation (audio)
: 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
: 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 on the Web In the fourth quarter, Mohler removed each senior to ovations and praised their efforts. Craig J. Clary, Baltimore Sun, 15 Feb. 2024 The film, which premiered at the Venice Film Festival in September, drew both protests and an enthusiastic two-and-a-half minute standing ovation. Katcy Stephan, Variety, 12 Feb. 2024 And the political moment feels a long way from 14 months ago when President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine stood before a joint session of Congress, wearing his signature drab green sweater, and basked in a minute-long standing ovation. David E. Sanger, New York Times, 7 Feb. 2024 Coming together to deliver a performance — which received an overwhelming standing ovation from the crowd — was nostalgic for Klein. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 6 Feb. 2024 Mimi expertly did so, earning a loud ovation in the process. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Feb. 2024 At the 2023 Emmy Awards on Monday night, Applegate took the stage as the first presenter of the evening, only to be greeted with a rousing standing ovation. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 15 Jan. 2024 As if the massive display of girl power on stage wasn't moving enough, the stars ended the song with a group hug as the crowd gave a standing ovation. Maria Yagoda, Peoplemag, 1 Feb. 2024 For a guy who took a massive swing at Mesoamerican music and could’ve missed the mark, Andre received thunderous applause and a partial standing ovation. Hillary Crosley Coker, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1533, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of ovation was in 1533

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“Ovation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovation. Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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ova·​tion ō-ˈvā-shən How to pronounce ovation (audio)
: a public expression of praise : enthusiastic applause

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