The definition of a standing ovation is when an entire audience rises to their feet and claps their hands, usually because they were so impressed by the performance.
An example of a standing ovation is when a play is fantastic and the entire audience rises to their feet to cheer at the end.
an enthusiastic outburst of applause in which some or all members of the audience rise to their feet
(plural standing ovations)
- Enthusiastic applause given by people who rise from a sitting position