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

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Related Words for applause

acclaim, ovation, accolade, kudos, praise, commendation, acclamation, hand, cheering, approbation, plaudits, round, rooting, cheers, laudation

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  1. 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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