Definition of applause in English:

applause

noun

  • [mass noun] Approval or praise expressed by clapping:

    ‘they gave him a round of applause’
    • ‘The applause will be loud and long in deserved praise of a man and his family who have done so much for Scottish boxing.’
    • ‘After a very brief speech, he calls most of the actors and actresses from the wings, who come on to applause.’
    • ‘There was much applause and heckling, I mean cheering, and we were whisked backstage.’
    • ‘The applause rippling around the stadium was for more than just a piece of accomplished defending.’
    • ‘Both sides engaged in an entertaining encounter which drew applause from the sizeable crowd.’
    • ‘There had been some hostile questions from the floor, but in the end there was loud applause at the outcome.’
    • ‘The council takes a lot of knocking, but on this occasion their efforts demand nothing but applause.’
    • ‘There is one character in the film who gets applause at the end for his performance.’
    • ‘That brought some unscripted applause, a sense of relief that at last he had said what so many had longed to hear.’
    • ‘The applause he heard was from fans impressed by shots that stopped close to the pin.’
    • ‘Already there is a low buzz of excitement, punctuated by the occasional outbreak of applause.’
    • ‘They are burnt, diced or melted in acid in front of onlookers who react with polite applause.’
    • ‘Attacking the bastions of privilege is still the easiest way for a politician to win a cheap round of applause.’
    • ‘Her advice to the youth on the virtues of hard work and diligence won a hearty round of applause.’
    • ‘There was a round of polite applause as Theo stood and walked over to Isabel.’
    • ‘After a slightly slow start the audience did begin to warm up and there were some big laughs and rounds of applause.’
    • ‘When the lights faded at the end of this play, there was no applause for a full minute.’
    • ‘I would like a round of applause for remembering all the right letters in the right words while being drunk.’
    • ‘There was a huge round of applause when the juniors from the academy took to the stage.’
    • ‘Strangely the crowd gave this the same polite applause as they had to the other points he had made.’
    clapping, handclapping, cheering, whistling, acclamation, cheers, whistles, bravos
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Origin

Late Middle English: from medieval Latin applausus, from the verb applaudere (see applaud).

Pronunciation

applause

/əˈplɔːz/