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



BrE BrE//əˈplɔːz//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈplɔːz//
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the noise made by a group of people clapping their hands and sometimes shouting to show their approval or enjoyment Give her a big round of applause! The audience broke into rapturous applause. Word Originlate Middle English: from medieval Latin applausus, from the verb applaudere from ad- ‘to’ + plaudere ‘to clap’, reinforced by French applaudir.Extra examples Applause echoed around the hall. He deserves the respect and applause of his colleagues. He left the stage to thunderous applause. She stood back and acknowledged the applause of the crowd. The applause died down as the curtain closed. The audience broke into applause. The crowd gave them a round of applause. The speech drew loud applause. There was a ripple of applause for the speaker. This remark brought applause from the audience. To muted applause a small flag was raised over the building. Wild applause greeted this remark. a little burst of spontaneous applause
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