Tuesday, January 15, 2002
Definitions for claque
- A group hired to applaud at a performance.
- 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.
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!"
Origin of claque
Claque comes from French, from claquer, "to clap," ultimately of imitative origin.