[ uh-plawz ]
/ əˈplɔz /


hand clapping as a demonstration of approval, appreciation, acclamation, or the like.
any positive expression of appreciation or approval; acclamation.

Origin of applause

1590–1600; < Latin applausus struck upon, applauded (past participle of applaudere), equivalent to ap- ap-1 + plaud- clap + -tus past participle suffix
Related formsap·plau·sive [uh-plaw-siv, -ziv] /əˈplɔ sɪv, -zɪv/, adjectiveself-ap·plause, nounun·ap·plau·sive, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for applause


/ (əˈplɔːz) /


appreciation or praise, esp as shown by clapping the hands
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Word Origin and History for applause



early 15c., from Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere "approve by clapping hands" (see applaud).

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