Origin of applauseClassical Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere, applaud
An example of applause is when the entire audience claps their hands together after a children's play.
- Approval expressed especially by the clapping of hands.
- Praise; commendation: a scientific discovery that won critical applause.
Origin of applauseMedieval Latin applausus from past participle of Latin applaudere to applaud ; see applaud .
From the Latin applausus, from applaudō (“I strike against”, “I applaud”) (whence the English verb applaud).
- There was great applause when the speaker sat down.
- The parade, with its smiles, applause, and balloons, was over in a half hour.
- In 15 70 he sustained no fewer than three hundred and eighteen theses at a disputation in Mantua, with such applause that the duke made him court theologian.
- Henry won much applause at the same time by filling up all the bishoprics and abbacies which his brother had kept so long vacant, by inviting the exiled Anselm to return to England, and by imprisoning Williams odious minister Ranulf Flambard.
- Dean joined the applause while Lydia Larkin looked embarrassed.