- a group of people paid to go to a play, opera, etc. and applaud
- a group of admiring or fawning followers
Origin of claqueFrench from claquer, to clap: echoic
- A group of persons hired to applaud at a performance.
- A group of fawning admirers.
Origin of claqueFrench from claquer to clap of imitative origin
From French claquer (“to clap one's hands”).