Definition of plaudits in US English:


plural noun

  • 1Praise.

    ‘the network has received plaudits for its sports coverage’
    • ‘The novel deserves nearly every plaudit it has received.’
    • ‘But teasing from team-mates is as much a backhanded plaudit as jeers from opposition supporters, which is why both the ribbing and the heckling have been gathering momentum the older this season gets.’
    • ‘However these are small qualms against an excellent project that deserves every plaudit for its unique enterprise.’
    • ‘It was fun for a while, and we had some notable successes, including a plaudit in the Guardian.’
    • ‘The film smoothly rides on its success, earning the plaudit of being one of the highest-ever grossers in the Malayalam film industry.’
    • ‘They'll have so many plaudits - there is sure to be a worldwide plaudit shortage.’
    • ‘He is totally dedicated to others and deserves every plaudit for the work he does.’
    • ‘The letter went on and on, page after page, plaudit after plaudit.’
    • ‘They were the team who looked like world champions and they deserve every plaudit which will no doubt come their way.’
    • ‘The politicians would be asked to give a refrain of their favourite tunes, while listeners vote on who should take the plaudit of York's finest political voice.’
    • ‘As earlier mentioned all the Haldane riders gave everything on the road but an extra wee plaudit should go to Kevin Lynch who, with less than a year's experience as a cyclist, completed his first stage race,’
    • ‘Manager Colin Lee has called Paul Merson the ‘biggest signing in the history of Walsall Football Club’ and with four goals in his first four games of the season the former England international seems to be fulfilling that plaudit.’
    • ‘I think it's fair to say that the cultural landscape of the year ahead is defined by whichever ditty the nation awards this sentimental plaudit.’
    • ‘For that they could thank a sterling effort by the pack and a dominant display by stand-off Jonny Wilkinson, who justified every plaudit thrown his way these past few months.’
    • ‘Such brave men and women deserve every plaudit that comes their way though many, sadly, expire, before they can receive them.’
    • ‘That, dear Ivor, is a wonderful plaudit for what you have achieved.’
    • ‘A second public loo block in the Bradford district - at Ilkley's central car park - has also been given the three-star prestigious plaudit.’
    • ‘Yet he was someone whose whole career was based on seeking more fame and his every action was made in order to gain further plaudits and praise.’
    • ‘He earned a berth on the World team in the All-Star Game and received the ultimate plaudit from coach Darryl Sutter, who appraised Nabokov's play by admitting that, ‘I don't worry about our goaltending.’’
    • ‘I cannot believe I will not get another cheery call with a bright idea, a suggestion, a bit of encouragement, or a bit of a plaudit for something I might have done that had a bit of an effect.’
    praise, acclaim, acclamation, commendation, congratulations, encomiums, approval, approbation, accolades, compliments, cheers, tributes, salutes, bouquets
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    1. 1.1 The applause of an audience.
      ‘the plaudits for the winner died down’
      • ‘All the plaudits that came Clarke's way and the ovations of the galleries were richly deserved.’
      • ‘While Martinez got the plaudits she deserved, Navratilova was given the longest standing ovation Centre Court has ever seen.’


Early 17th century: plaudit shortened from Latin plaudite ‘applaud!’ (said by Roman actors at the end of a play), imperative plural of plaudere.