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[uh-plawz] /əˈplɔz/
hand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like.
any positive expression of appreciation or approval; acclamation.
Origin of applause
1590-1600; < Latin applausus struck upon, applauded (past participle of applaudere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaud- clap + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
[uh-plaw-siv, -ziv] /əˈplɔ sɪv, -zɪv/ (Show IPA),
self-applause, noun
unapplausive, adjective
2. acclaim, plaudit, praise. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for applause
  • On the other hand, it punishes welfare recipients, something that's always good for a round of applause from right-wing audiences.
  • There was applause when the picture was shown and more applause when it was knocked down for the top price of the sale.
  • Its pure coloratura sparkled through her early arias, drawing bursts of applause.
  • Our presentation began, consistent with the occasion, with a prolonged hug that prompted laughter and applause.
  • Concerts often lasted for hours, but they included encores to appease the roaring applause.
  • They clasp hands, and raise them over their heads to thunderous applause.
  • Their hands appear fixed in a permanent state of applause.
  • The students are sophisticated in music and were aware he was cheating them, and walked out without applause.
  • The audience greeted the demonstration with hoots and applause.
  • Today they point out the servicemen in the room and ask for a round of applause for them.
British Dictionary definitions for applause


appreciation or praise, esp as shown by clapping the hands
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Word Origin and History for applause

early 15c., from Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere "approve by clapping hands" (see applaud).

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