standing O

noun

stand·​ing O ˈstan-diŋ-ˈō How to pronounce standing O (audio)
: a standing ovation

Examples of standing O in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Long a staple of Cannes coverage, where the standing O is an institution, the practice spread to Venice, Toronto and elsewhere in 2022, causing consternation on both Film Twitter and IRL. Patrick Brzeski, The Hollywood Reporter, 22 Dec. 2022 Variety co-editor-in-chief Ramin Setoodeh caught Fraser’s reaction to the standing O: bashful, appreciative, semi-teary-eyed. Vulture, 4 Sep. 2022 Michele reportedly received her first standing O just for coming onstage and the audience leapt to their feet at least three more times before intermission. Lester Fabian Brathwaite, EW.com, 7 Sep. 2022 The fans in the left field pavilion greeted him with a standing O to start the game. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 11 Apr. 2022 The trio received a lengthy standing O from the audience before the goofiness tipped off. Dan Snierson, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2022

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Word History

Etymology

ovation

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of standing O was in 1970

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“Standing O.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/standing%20O. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

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