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), réclame


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 down-to-earth designer, who received a standing ovation for his magnificent Spring 2019 Valentino show, opened Vogue’s second annual Forces of Fashion conference, speaking to International Editor at Large Hamish Bowles. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Pierpaolo Piccioli on Couture and the Importance of Community," 11 Oct. 2018 Ronaldo also scored twice against Juventus in the first leg of the Champions League quarterfinals last season, including a spectacular overhead goal — which earned him a standing ovation from Juventus fans. Daniella Matar, chicagotribune.com, "Juventus sees Cristiano Ronaldo as key to Champions League dream," 11 July 2018 Parker made her first start of the season and earned the day’s loudest ovation from the 13,500 fans at Staples Center when her name was announced. Ethan Bauer, latimes.com, "Sparks beat Lynx 77-69 in Candace Parker's return to the starting lineup," 4 June 2018 William McSwain said, earning a standing ovation from the crowd of several hundred uniformed officers. Chris Palmer, Philly.com, "In first public address, new U.S. attorney for Philly speaks to city police," 26 Apr. 2018 Adam Rippon closed out his PyeongChang Olympics on an emotional note, earning a huge ovation from the crowd and those on social media. Charlotte Carroll, SI.com, "Celebrities, Athletes React to Adam Rippon's Free Program," 16 Feb. 2018 The night also featured a performance from new artist Victory Boyd who, like Ledisi, earned a standing ovation. Nekesa Mumbi Moody, The Seattle Times, "Miley Cyrus, Jill Scott rock the Roots Grammy party," 27 Jan. 2018 The tome was written specifically for the group and earned a standing ovation from all. The Masked Observer, AL.com, "The Masked Observer discovers a silver tongue and sequins are the keys to a night of delight," 26 Jan. 2018 Messing, 25, earned a standing ovation for his performance at the Doug Mitchell Thunderbird Sports Centre. Beth Bragg, Anchorage Daily News, "With Olympic bid at stake, Alaska figure skater 3rd after short program at Canadian championships," 13 Jan. 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


ova·​tion | \ō-ˈvā-shən \

Kids Definition of ovation

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

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