- 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
Examples from the Web for plaudits
Officially, the White House had nothing but plaudits for Hagel and his abilities running the enormous Defense Department.Hagel Takes a Bullet for Obama: Inside the Defense Secretary’s Sudden Firing
Shane Harris, Tim Mak
November 24, 2014
The moment brought Huckabee plaudits from some unlikely corners.Happy Huckabee Gets Mad
May 6, 2014
The plaudits, visitors, and money to fix those boilers would roll in.What ‘Downton Abbey’ Can Teach The Queen
January 29, 2014
But all these changes will be painful, and win him little in the way of plaudits.What to Look for In Tonight's State of the Union
February 12, 2013
But the GOP presidential nominee's plan to hope for a change in the Mideast conflict is winning some plaudits.Settler Backs Romney's One-State Vision
September 20, 2012
He concluded in an uproar of plaudits from both sides of the House.
The plaudits of the boys and girls were warm and whole-hearted.Highacres
I wish, though, he hadn't acknowledged my plaudits by bowing to me.Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess
Henry W. Fischer
Of course the answer was a shower of plaudits upon the king.The Swedish Revolution Under Gustavus Vasa
Paul Barron Watson
Does it become a gentleman of my standing to fish for their plaudits?Glances at Europe
- an expression of enthusiastic approval or approbation
- a round of applause
Word Origin and History for plaudits
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.