[uncountable] praise and approval for somebody/something, especially an artistic achievement international/popular/critical acclaim Word Origin early 17th cent. (in the sense ‘express approval’): from Latin acclamare, from ad-
‘to’ + clamare ‘to shout’. The change in the ending was due to association with claim. Current senses date from the 17th cent.Extra examples His discoveries earned him wide acclaim. She received international acclaim for her interpretation of Chopin. The play opened last week to universal acclaim. acclaim from the critics Her latest novel has received widespread critical acclaim.