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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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Examples from the Web for applauses

Historical Examples

  • During her life-time her success secured her the applauses of the world.

    Queen Elizabeth

    Jacob Abbott

  • Well, I must say that the applauses and the fees were honestly earned.

  • I left the hall; I scarcely listened to the applauses with which it rang.

    Devereux, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • By degrees all these sympathies and applauses had fallen from him.

    The Makers of Modern Rome

    Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

  • When the old man had thus far spoken, the applauses were immoderate.

British Dictionary definitions for applauses


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



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

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