- The definition of an ovation is an enthusiastic show of appreciation, or a ceremonial tribute.
- When everyone in the audience stands up and claps after a concert, this is an example of an ovation.
- When a Roman hero has done something worthy of honor but not something worthy or a triumph, the processional that the hero participates in is an example of an ovation.
ovation definition by Webster's New World
- in ancient Rome, a lesser ceremonial tribute to a hero whose deeds were not great enough to justify a full triumph
- an enthusiastic outburst of applause or an enthusiastic public welcome
Origin: Classical Latin ovatio ; from ovare, to celebrate a triumph, akin to Classical Greek euazein, to rejoice, euai, a cry of Bacchic joy
ovation definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Enthusiastic, prolonged applause.
- A show of public homage or welcome.
- An ancient Roman victory ceremony of somewhat less importance than a triumph.
Origin: Latin ovātiō, ovātiōn-, a Roman victory ceremony, from ovātus, past participle of ovāre, to rejoice.
- o·vaˈtion·al adjective