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).
- o·va·tion·al, adjective
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How to use ovation in a sentence
After Carey was shot, the House of Representatives gave the Capitol Police a standing ovation.
Democrats gave Pelosi a standing ovation as the final tally was announced, while the Republican side of the chamber was nearly empty.
Like Nixon, when he declared Bush the winner – asking God to bless his opponent – Gore drew a standing ovation.‘Grace and humor’: The vice presidents who certified their own election losses | Gillian Brockell | January 2, 2021 | Washington Post
She not only earned a standing ovation and passing grade, but it laid the groundwork for her academic and musical career.
He is happy and at peace with retiring at 28 — even if there was no ovation, no coverage, no ceremony to offer tear-filled gratitude to his teammates, family or fans.Spencer Kieboom built his life around baseball. Then he quietly walked away. | Jesse Dougherty | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
The two were greeted with a standing ovation from the audience in the sold-out Empire Theatre.
When you have a number like “Maybe This Time” that is so powerful you need to have a standing ovation afterwards.Nigel Lythgoe on How to Save Reality TV, ‘On the Town,’ and ‘Brokeback Ballroom’ | Kevin Fallon | October 22, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But if someone falls on the floor or voids themselves that is a standing ovation.New York’s Scariest Night Out: The Ghosts, Rats, and Lunatics of ‘Nightmare New York’ | Justin Jones | October 4, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Before he could sip, his name was announced and he had to run onto the stage to receive a standing ovation.
Its placing at the apex of British life is itself a little nuts, as the ovation series shows.
The party were greeted with one continued ovation during the journey.Portrait and Biography of Parson Brownlow, The Tennessee Patriot | William Gannaway Brownlow
When the espada finally performs his courageous feat under such conditions, he obtains such an ovation as his skill deserves.Spanish Life in Town and Country | L. Higgin and Eugne E. Street
A moment afterward the Kiowa finished his boastful tale, and received a noisy ovation from his people.Three Sioux Scouts | Elmer Russell Gregor
He insists that this is the only fitting thing to do, that to live after such a reception and ovation would be an anti-climax.My Wonderful Visit | Charlie Chaplin
Mr. Lincoln met with a splendid ovation from the troops and the colored people as he rode about the city.
British Dictionary definitions for ovation
an enthusiastic reception, esp one of prolonged applause: a standing ovation
a victory procession less glorious than a triumph awarded to a Roman general
- ovational, adjective
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