ovation

[oh-vey-shuhn]
noun
1.
an enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked especially by loud and prolonged applause.
2.
Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a commander whose victories were of a lesser degree of importance than that for which a triumph was accorded. Compare triumph ( def 4 ).

Origin:
1525–35; < Latin ovātiōn- (stem of ovātiō) a rejoicing, shouting, equivalent to ovāt(us) (past participle of ovāre to rejoice) + -iōn- -ion

ovational, adjective
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ovation (əʊˈveɪʃən)
 
n
1.  an enthusiastic reception, esp one of prolonged applause: a standing ovation
2.  a victory procession less glorious than a triumph awarded to a Roman general
 
[C16: from Latin ovātiō rejoicing, from ovāre to exult]
 
o'vational
 
adj

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ovation
1533, from L. ovationem (nom. ovatio) "a triumph, rejoicing," from ovare "exult, rejoice, triumph," probably imitative of a shout (cf. Gk. euazein "to utter cries of joy"). In Roman history, a lesser triumph, granted to a commander for achievements insufficient to entitle him to a triumph proper. Figurative
sense of "burst of enthusiastic applause" is first attested 1831.
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Example sentences
Six hundred fur workers crowded the room and gave him an ovation of cheers and
  whistles.
Anyone who has the stockings to use kumquat in serious public discourse
  deserves a standing ovation.
The standing ovation came before a note of music had been sung.
In return, he got a mostly standing ovation from the several hundred audience
  members.
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