Its placing at the apex of British life is itself a little nuts, as the ovation series shows.
He proceeded to rattle off the names of dozens of notable cast members, urging them to stand for an ovation.
His progress from San Francisco eastward had been such an ovation as is only accorded to sovereignty.
The attitude had its effect; the applause began and grew to an ovation.
For a whole week he was fted, and at the close received an ovation that took all his self-control.
Diana's progress down the corridor partook of the nature of an ovation.
The crowd of men and boys on the green received him with quite an ovation.
All, thought the delighted Meliora, was an ovation to her brother.
As the acknowledged orator of the evening he had an ovation afterward; introductions and unlimited hand-shakings were in order.
On the first anniversary of the Bastille he received an ovation.
1530s, in the Roman historical sense, from Middle French ovation or directly from Latin ovationem (nominative ovatio) "a triumph, rejoicing," noun of action from past participle stem of ovare "exult, rejoice, triumph," probably imitative of a shout (cf. Greek 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 from a crowd" is first attested 1831.