One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from an audience, especially by means of applause.‘the performance received a thundering ovation’
round of applause, applause, handclapping, clapping, cheering, cheers, bravos, acclaim, standing ovation, acclamation, praise, plaudits, laurels, tribute, accolade, bouquetsView synonyms
- ‘She arrived to an enthusiastic ovation and spoke, as she almost always does, quite extemporaneously.’
- ‘York-based steel band Steel Expression added a modern twist to some festive classics and their version of Sleigh Ride received a long ovation from the audience.’
- ‘Needless to say, Mr Hoebig was accorded a huge ovation by the large audience, as well as his fellow musicians.’
- ‘And all associated with the liturgy and celebration were warmly applauded and accorded an ovation at the end of the Mass.’
- ‘In response to the audience's enthusiastic ovation Fleischman repeated the final Magyar dance movement.’
- ‘It also boasts the kind of ending that encourages an ovation from an enthusiastic audience.’
- ‘The camaraderie among the students was such that there was thunderous applause and ovation for excellence, irrespective of the institution to which the performers belonged.’
- ‘More than once the crowd stops the show with a sustained ovation.’
- ‘The answer is yes, as evidenced by the loud ovations from an excited audience.’
- ‘He told the court how ‘thunderous applause’ and ovations greeted his announcement at the Federal Assembly that the currency would become convertible.’
- ‘Whatever the shortcomings of the staging, this was an enthralling occasion, received with a thunderous ovation.’
- ‘The young PAW team received a rousing ovation for giving the audience a demonstration of how they perform for the children.’
- ‘I attended the opening night which received loud ovations from the audience at the end.’
- ‘Their singing was beautiful and they received a rapturous ovation from the audience.’
- ‘The tension that normally accompanies such crucial and deciding matches was never evident and when the final whistle sounded, they stood their ground, giving their players an enthusiastic ovation.’
- ‘She gets applause, ovations, and laughs, but it's important to remember that those in the audience share her views.’
- ‘The students thought so, too, as they gave the Trunk two sustained ovations.’
- ‘The success of the evening was reflected in the sustained ovation accorded to the supremely talented duo, both of whom enjoy a wide international profile.’
- ‘And that's hardly surprising given the splendid performance he produced and the wonderful ovation he received from a Killarney audience that appreciated quality.’
- ‘Dozens walked out, banging doors behind them, but the great majority stayed, and gave the performance an enthusiastic ovation.’
A processional entrance into Rome by a victorious commander, of lesser honour than a triumph.
Early 16th century (in ovation (sense 2)): from Latin ovatio(n-), from ovare ‘exult’. The word had the sense ‘exultation’ from the mid 17th to early 19th century.
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