Origin of ovation
Examples from the Web for ovation
Its placing at the apex of British life is itself a little nuts, as the Ovation series shows.
He proceeded to rattle off the names of dozens of notable cast members, urging them to stand for an ovation.Michael B. Jordan of ‘Fruitvale Station,’ Hollywood’s New Leading Man|Marlow Stern|July 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As Ruth came around in front of the bench, the Fuzzies gave her an ovation; they remembered and liked her.Little Fuzzy|Henry Beam Piper
Nevertheless, the Senate gave the highest honors to Pompey, who was voted a triumph, while only an ovation was granted to Crassus.The Two Great Republics: Rome and the United States|James Hamilton Lewis
A sad thought, doctor, and that's why we're going to give them an ovation, as the saying is.The Lady From The Sea|Henrik Ibsen
Our hero could have dispensed with this ovation, but he was not the less obliged to obey.The Wandering Jew, Complete|Eugene Sue
This eulogy was an ovation and nothing more; it was not the truth, or meant to be the truth.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3)|James Dennistoun
Word Origin for ovation
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.