[ plaw-dit ]
/ ˈplɔ dɪt /

noun Usually plaudits.

an enthusiastic expression of approval: Her portrayal of Juliet won the plaudits of the critics.
a demonstration or round of applause, as for some approved or admired performance.

Nearby words

  1. platypod,
  2. platypus,
  3. platyrrhine,
  4. platysma,
  5. platyspondylia,
  6. plaudits,
  7. plauen,
  8. plausibility,
  9. plausible,
  10. plausive

Origin of plaudit

1615–25; earlier plaudite (3 syllables) < Latin, 2nd person plural imperative of plaudere to applaud

Can be confusedplatitude plaudit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for plaudit


/ (ˈplɔːdɪt) /

noun (usually plural)

an expression of enthusiastic approval or approbation
a round of applause

Word Origin for plaudit

C17: shortened from earlier plauditē, from Latin: applaud!, from plaudere to applaud

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Word Origin and History for plaudit



1620s, short for plaudite "an actor's request for applause" (1560s), from Latin plaudite! "applaud!" second person plural imperative of plaudere "to clap, strike, beat; applaud, approve," of unknown origin (also in applaud, explode). This was the customary appeal for applause that Roman actors made at the end of a play. In English, the -e went silent then was dropped.

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