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 pluralreceived the plaudits of the critics

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Plaudit was borrowed into English in the early 17th century from a form of the Latin verb plaudere, meaning "to applaud." "Plaudere" is, of course, also the ancestor of "applaud" and "applause," as well as of "explode," "plausible," and the now 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 There were a lot of words, plaudits, and platitudes, but little else offered up by Sox leadership. Globe Staff,, "Red Sox deserve no credit for making the only real choice they had," 15 Jan. 2020 Julián Castro’s bonafides are well-known after running a campaign that saw him win plaudits from progressives for his detailed policy proposals but struggle to gain broader traction. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Joaquin Castro – like his twin brother, Julián – endorses Elizabeth Warren for president," 14 Jan. 2020 And although Georgia couldn't finish with a win, its performance against Australia earned it many plaudits. Ben Morse, CNN, "Australia beats Georgia in error-strewn game to go top of group," 11 Oct. 2019 His performance during spring practice earned him early plaudits in Austin. Ryan Kartje, Los Angeles Times, "USC’s talent could spark revival in Clay Helton’s make-or-break year," 1 Aug. 2019 In the first half of the season, Brissett completed 64.8 percent of his passes for 1,649 yards, 14 touchdowns and three interceptions, good for a 99.7 quarterback rating and plenty of plaudits from the experts. Joel A. Erickson, Indianapolis Star, "Insider: Jacoby Brissett's season has hit rock bottom for Colts," 17 Dec. 2019 Being forced to go beyond the authors—both male and female—who grab the plaudits and headlines can yield great treasures. Max De Haldevang, Quartz, "To be a better ally, I gave up reading books by men for 2019," 27 Dec. 2019 For a 22-year-old boy to be the beating heart of one of Europe's most successful clubs in recent history, and to be winning the plaudits of pundits and supporters alike, the Camp Nou faithful may be settling down to witness the dawn of a new era., "Frenkie de Jong Is Not Only the Heir to Barcelona's Midfield Throne, He's a Legend in the Making," 20 Oct. 2019 The plaudits recognize the imagination and drive of a novice who turned her lack of restaurant experience into an asset. Brett Anderson, New York Times, "From Pizza to Tortillas, a Midwestern Chef Defies Assumptions," 10 Sep. 2019

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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 21 Feb. 2020.

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