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 In a normal year, Marco Andretti would have received a thunderous ovation after his run. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, "Marco Andretti wins 1st Indy 500 pole for family in 33 years," 16 Aug. 2020 Lee, an inspirational blind singer with autism, received a standing ovation from Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, Sofía Vergara and guest judge Kelly Clarkson. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, "'AGT': Kodi Lee returns during tough live results show. Here's who advanced to semifinals," 13 Aug. 2020 Either way, to imagine the kind of roar and standing ovation Kanaan returning to tracks for the last time would have elicited is one of the largest disappointments the sport’s 2020 season has had in store. Nathan Brown, The Indianapolis Star, "Was Gateway the end of Tony Kanaan's IndyCar career? 'It's going to be a challenge'," 31 Aug. 2020 The Miami Dolphins are having open auditions to determine who serves as the team’s in-line tight end in Chan Gailey’s offense, and newcomer Adam Shaheen deserved a standing ovation for his performance during Tuesday’s practice. Omar Kelly, sun-sentinel.com, "Dolphins training camp Day 7: Stock up, stock down and three stars," 25 Aug. 2020 With no physical gathering place, Biden will deliver his speech as the Democratic presidential nominee without a cheering crowd, a standing ovation or waves of balloons and confetti breaking over his head. Hearst Television, Houston Chronicle, "Joe Biden accepts nomination to be Democrats' candidate for president," 21 Aug. 2020 Moussambani received a raucous, standing ovation despite his slow time and became one of the unlikely heroes of the games. John Pye, Star Tribune, "Freeman lights up Sydney Olympics to kick off new millennium," 14 Aug. 2020 When the call ended, the staff in the room erupted in a spontaneous standing ovation as Mr. Trump remained seated at the desk, officials said. Michael C. Bender, WSJ, "Israel-U.A.E. Pact Sealed After Months of Furtive Talks Among Envoys Trusted by Their Leaders," 13 Aug. 2020 On Caraway’s final day in the Senate in 1945, her years of service earned her the rare standing ovation by her all-male colleagues. Nancy Hendricks, Smithsonian Magazine, "Hattie Caraway, the First Woman Elected to the U.S. Senate, Faced a Familiar Struggle With Gender Politics," 2 Jan. 2020

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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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20 Sep 2020

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“Ovation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ovation. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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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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