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ovation

[oh-vey-shuh n] /oʊˈveɪ ʃən/
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
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin ovātiōn- (stem of ovātiō) a rejoicing, shouting, equivalent to ovāt(us) (past participle of ovāre to rejoice) + -iōn- -ion
Related forms
ovational, adjective
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ovation

/əʊˈveɪʃən/
noun
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
Derived Forms
ovational, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Latin ovātiō rejoicing, from ovāre to exult
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Word Origin and History for ovational

ovation

n.

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.

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