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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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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Seventh and eighth graders gave a standing ovation to the incoming sixth graders, to welcome them to middle school. Alexandra Kukulka, chicagotribune.com, "School starts at Northbrook/Glenview School District 30, with Maple School welcoming students and staff to new building," 3 Sep. 2019 In appreciation for her years of service, she was given a standing ovation. Mary Jane Brewer, cleveland.com, "Medina County Parks District honors volunteers," 1 Sep. 2019 Fans and teammates presented him with a car, a color portrait of himself, a German shepherd puppy and 50 shares of Orioles stock, then gave him a standing ovation. Mike Klingaman, baltimoresun.com, "Here’s To You, Mr. Robinson: Orioles third baseman had stellar 1964 season," 9 Aug. 2019 After Bumgarner racked up Kelly to end the seventh, most of the 31,778 fans gave Bumgarner a standing ovation. Steve Kroner, SFChronicle.com, "Madison Bumgarner, Kevin Pillar key Giants’ rout of Diamondbacks," 30 June 2019 The crowd gave him a standing ovation at the end of the performance. Emily Tillett, CBS News, "Attorney General William Barr wows Justice Dept crowd with bagpipe playing," 26 June 2019 Hundreds interrupted to give him a standing ovation. Ovetta Wiggins, Washington Post, "Pence comes to Maryland and never mentions his fellow Republican, Gov. Larry Hogan," 25 June 2019 Fans gave Kapler a standing ovation during the argument and after he was tossed. Rob Maaddi, sun-sentinel.com, "New signee Wilkin Castillo -- playing in majors for first time in more than 10 years -- launches Marlins past Phillies with 7th-inning 2B," 23 June 2019 Albert Pujols had batted six times at Busch Stadium this weekend, and each time, the fans who packed the ballpark gave him a standing ovation. Maria Torres, latimes.com, "Albert Pujols crushes homer and gets standing ovation from Cardinals fans," 22 June 2019

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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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