plau·​dit | \ ˈplȯ-dət How to pronounce plaudit (audio) \

Definition of plaudit

1 : an act or round of applause
2 : enthusiastic approval usually used in plural received the plaudits of the critics

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You earn plaudits for your etymological knowledge if you can connect plaudit to words besides the familiar applaud and applause. A word coined by shortening Latin plaudite, meaning "applaud," plaudit had gained approval status in English by the first years of the 17th century. Latin plaudite is a form of the verb plaudere, meaning "to applaud"; plaudere, in turn, is ancestor to explode, plausible, and the archaic displode (a synonym of explode).

Examples of plaudit in a Sentence

the proud parents bragged that their daughter had received many plaudits for her academic achievements
Recent Examples on the Web Each of the 57 members of the House and 11 Senators who voted against the bill would agree that the Ukrainian people deserve every plaudit, prayer and antitank missile coming their way. Kevin Roberts, WSJ, 23 May 2022 While his work – and indeed the performances of his players last summer – deserves every plaudit and will never be forgotten, there can be no doubt that Italian football must recognise the need for change. Adam Digby, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2022 Rettke reeled in her fourth plaudit as a senior earlier this year, then came back for a fifth season available to athletes during the COVID-19 pandemic shutdown. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 16 Dec. 2021 To this point in the season, Brady had been the steady frontrunner for the plaudit, according to oddsmakers. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 21 Dec. 2021 The feature’s best Basque Film Irizar Award, which these days is a highly competitive plaudit, has launched Pérez Sañudo. John Hopewell, Variety, 5 Nov. 2021 The only times the network has given out the plaudit previously is when the title was bestowed on Chris Stapleton in 2015, Kelsea Ballerini in 2016 and Ashley McBryde two years ago, all seals of early-in-the-game approval that have aged well. Chris Willman, Variety, 23 Sep. 2021 Gabe Kapler will earn that plaudit in the National League. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 8 Sep. 2021 Morikawa deserves every plaudit imaginable, his nerves-of-steel, bogey-free Sunday a testament to his mental and physical prowess., 19 July 2021 See More

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First Known Use of plaudit

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for plaudit

Latin plaudite applaud, plural imperative of plaudere to applaud

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“Plaudit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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