- hand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like.
- any positive expression of appreciation or approval; acclamation.
Origin of applause
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Examples from the Web for applause
He led the packed cathedral in applause for Ramos and Liu and asked Bratton to bring a message to the men and women of the NYPD.'Please Don't Die!': The Frantic Battle to Save Murdered Cops
December 22, 2014
And one person started clapping, and then the whole room erupted in applause.‘Pride’: The Feel-Good Movie of the Year, and the Film Rupert Murdoch Doesn’t Want You to See
October 13, 2014
Their speech was met “very warmly, with applause,” according to bishops briefing the press afterwards.The Vatican's Same-Sex Synod: The Bishops Hear About Reality. Do They Listen?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
October 12, 2014
“For someone to scream, that is like applause to us,” Harlacher said.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’
October 4, 2014
Of course, this was greeted with a round of applause and whoops from her room of willingly incarcerated followers.Why We Should Hate 'Haters Gonna Hate'
August 25, 2014
This short speech was received with applause by the combatants.A Sketch of the Life of Brig. Gen. Francis Marion
William Dobein James
Her applause was not languid applause, neither was it without discrimination.The Foolish Lovers
St. John G. Ervine
On the tide of applause which congratulated the boat's only baronet, I rose.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
When I came on to the stage I was always greeted by applause from these young men.
Victor Hugo finished his speech in the midst of applause and cheers.
- appreciation or praise, esp as shown by clapping the hands
Word Origin and History for applause
early 15c., from Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere "approve by clapping hands" (see applaud).