standing ovation


: an occurrence in which the people at a play, speech, sporting event, etc., stand up and applaud to show enthusiastic approval or appreciation
The crowd gave her a standing ovation.

Examples of standing ovation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And Tony Gilroy received a standing ovation while accepting the Ian McLellan Hunter Award. Michael Schneider, Variety, 14 Apr. 2024 Webber received a standing ovation when he was introduced during a first-quarter timeout. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 13 Apr. 2024 The episode, in which Franklin arrives in France in 1776 to persuade King Louis XVI to support the American Revolution with money and arms, was met with a standing ovation — much to the actor’s relief. Ann Hornaday, Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2024 The orchestra’s musicians demonstrated their support for Salonen by giving him a standing ovation—extraordinarily unusual behavior on their part. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 2 Apr. 2024 As the crowd came to its feet for a standing ovation, Patel turned away from the audience, wiping tears from his eyes with his sleeve. Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times, 12 Mar. 2024 In January, Applegate made an appearance at the Primetime Emmys, on the arm of host Anthony Anderson, where she was greeted by a standing ovation. Lester Fabian Brathwaite,, 2 Apr. 2024 Sandoval got standing ovation No. 2 with two out in the sixth, facing relief pitcher Austin Adams with the A’s leading 3-0. Jerry McDonald, The Mercury News, 27 Mar. 2024 During the stoppage in play, the Kings honored Sabonis with a video presentation while fans rose to their feet to honor him with a standing ovation. Jason Anderson, Sacramento Bee, 26 Mar. 2024

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“Standing ovation.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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