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

 

claque

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//klæk//
 
; NAmE NAmE//klæk//
 
 
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a group of people who are paid to clap or boo a performer or public speaker Word Origin mid 19th cent.: French, from claquer ‘to clap’. The practice of paying members of an audience for their support originated at the Paris opera.
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