- an enthusiastic public reception of a person, marked especially by loud and prolonged applause.
- 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).
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.The Cult of Royal Porn
April 26, 2014
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
July 11, 2013
The attitude had its effect; the applause began and grew to an ovation.Cy Whittaker's Place
Joseph C. Lincoln
"Quite an ovation," she cried, sprawling out of her first-class carriage.Where Angels Fear to Tread
E. M. Forster
Louisiana welcomed him with an ovation of the most fervent enthusiasm.
Diana's progress down the corridor partook of the nature of an ovation.Glory of Youth
All, thought the delighted Meliora, was an ovation to her brother.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
- an enthusiastic reception, esp one of prolonged applausea standing ovation
- a victory procession less glorious than a triumph awarded to a Roman general
Word Origin and History 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.