One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A member of a claque.
- ‘Before enlisting he had been the chief of a gang of claqueurs, whose business it was to lead the applause, or it might be, the hissing at the theatres of Rome.’
- ‘In the title story, ‘The Lost and Found,’ Dulce Maria O'Riley de Vaca works part time as a claqueur, applauding for a television program called ‘The Lost and Found Show.’’
- ‘The manager of a theatre sends an order for any number of claqueurs.’
- ‘Some claqueurs even developed specialties - such as the rieur, the most expert laugher in a given claque.’
- ‘The speeches went on, the ‘Internationale’ was being repeated for the tenth time, the sailors performed their fancy exercises and the claqueurs on the reviewing stand were shouting hurrahs.’
Mid 19th century: French, from claquer ‘to clap’.
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