[ oh-vey-shuh n ]
/ oʊˈveɪ ʃən /


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

1525–35; < Latin ovātiōn- (stem of ovātiō) a rejoicing, shouting, equivalent to ovāt(us) (past participle of ovāre to rejoice) + -iōn- -ion

Related forms

o·va·tion·al, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for ovation


/ (əʊˈveɪʃən) /


an enthusiastic reception, esp one of prolonged applausea standing ovation
a victory procession less glorious than a triumph awarded to a Roman general

Derived Forms

ovational, adjective

Word Origin for ovation

C16: from Latin ovātiō rejoicing, from ovāre to exult
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