Definition of ovation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əʊˈveɪʃn//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈveɪʃn//
Producing a play, Live music
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enthusiastic clapping by an audience as a sign of their approval to give somebody a huge/rapturous/rousing ovation The soloist got a ten-minute standing ovation (= in which people stand up from their seats). Wordfindercue, dresser, matinee, opening night, ovation, performance, prompter, rehearsal, scene-shifter, stage manager See related entries: Producing a play, Live music Word Originearly 16th cent. (originally referring to a processional entrance into Ancient Rome by a victorious commander): from Latin ovatio(n-), from ovare ‘exult’. The word had the sense ‘exultation’ from the mid 17th to early 19th cent.Extra examples He received the longest ovation of the evening. The audience gave her a standing ovation for her performance. The final piece won her a rapturous ovation from the audience.
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