- The definition of applause is showing approval or praise by clapping.
An example of applause is when the entire audience claps their hands together after a children's play.
applause definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Classical Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere, applaud
applause definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Approval expressed especially by the clapping of hands.
- Praise; commendation: a scientific discovery that won critical applause.
Origin: Medieval Latin applausus, from past participle of Latin applaudere, to applaud; see applaud.