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.

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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Contemporary Examples of plaudit

  • Like both men Vidal was arguably a gay radical and hero, although he would have hated the plaudit.

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    How Gay Was Gore Vidal?

    Tim Teeman

    July 31, 2013

  • So, Sarit Hashkes, allow me to add my plaudit to those already offered you by your 3,300-plus supporters.

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    The Bare Fact of Her Bodily Presence

    Sigal Samuel

    October 15, 2012

Historical Examples of plaudit

British Dictionary definitions for plaudit


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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