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ovation

[oh-vey-shuh n]
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noun
  1. an enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked especially by loud and prolonged applause.
  2. Roman History. the ceremonial entrance into Rome of a commander whose victories were of a lesser degree of importance than that for which a triumph was accorded.Compare triumph(def 4).
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Origin of ovation

1525–35; < Latin ovātiōn- (stem of ovātiō) a rejoicing, shouting, equivalent to ovāt(us) (past participle of ovāre to rejoice) + -iōn- -ion
Related formso·va·tion·al, adjective
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Related Words for ovation

acclamation, acclaim, applause, testimonial, salvo, hand, cheering, praise, plaudits, tribute, laudation

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British Dictionary definitions for ovation

ovation

noun
  1. an enthusiastic reception, esp one of prolonged applausea standing ovation
  2. a victory procession less glorious than a triumph awarded to a Roman general
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Derived Formsovational, adjective

Word Origin for ovation

C16: from Latin ovātiō rejoicing, from ovāre to exult
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Word Origin and History for ovation

n.

1530s, in the Roman historical sense, from Middle French ovation or directly from Latin ovationem (nominative ovatio) "a triumph, rejoicing," noun of action from past participle stem of ovare "exult, rejoice, triumph," probably imitative of a shout (cf. Greek euazein "to utter cries of joy"). In Roman history, a lesser triumph, granted to a commander for achievements insufficient to entitle him to a triumph proper. Figurative sense of "burst of enthusiastic applause from a crowd" is first attested 1831.

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