Ovation meaning

ō-vāshən
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An ancient Roman victory ceremony of somewhat less importance than a triumph.
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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.

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Enthusiastic, prolonged applause.
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A show of public homage or welcome.
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In ancient Rome, a lesser ceremonial tribute to a hero whose deeds were not great enough to justify a full triumph.
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An enthusiastic outburst of applause or an enthusiastic public welcome.
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(Ancient Rome) A victory ceremony of less importance than a triumph.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ovation
Plural:
ovations

Origin of ovation

  • Latin ovātiō ovātiōn- a Roman victory ceremony from ovātus past participle of ovāre to rejoice

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin ovationem, accusative of ovatio, from ovo (“I exult").

    From Wiktionary