- 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.
Origin of applauseClassical Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere, applaud
- 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).