- a group of people paid to go to a play, opera, etc. and applaud
- a group of admiring or fawning followers
Origin: French ; from claquer, to clap: echoic
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- A group of persons hired to applaud at a performance.
- A group of fawning admirers.
Origin: French, from claquer, to clap, of imitative origin.