claque

[ klak ]
/ klæk /

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noun

a group of persons hired to applaud an act or performer.
a group of sycophants.

Origin of claque

1860–65; < French, derivative of claquer to clap

Can be confused

claque clique
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British Dictionary definitions for claque

claque

/ (klæk) /

noun

a group of people hired to applaud
a group of fawning admirers

Word Origin for claque

C19: from French, from claquer to clap, of imitative origin
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