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Word of the Day
Thursday, May 05, 2005

Definitions for claque

  1. A group hired to applaud at a performance.
  2. A group of fawning admirers.

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Citations for claque
He cultivated the "Georgetown set" of leading journalists and columnists and had them cheering for him as if he had hired a claque. Theodore Draper, New York Times
Behind the hacks was the claque. They cheered and whooped in a vague way, like a group of restrained English persons at a Texas rodeo: "Whee! Whoooo! Polite cough!" Simon Hoggart, The Guardian
Origin of claque
Claque comes from French, from claquer, "to clap," ultimately of imitative origin.