from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A feeling of pleasure, wonder, and approval. See Synonyms at regard.
- n. An object of wonder and esteem; a marvel.
- n. Archaic Wonder.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence; as, admiration of a beautiful woman, of a landscape, of virtue.
- n. Wonder or questioning, without any particular positive or negative attitude to the subject.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Wonder; astonishment.
- n. Wonder mingled with approbation or delight; an emotion excited by a person or thing possessed of wonderful or high excellence.
- n. Cause of admiration; something to excite wonder, or pleased surprise; a prodigy.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wonder; astonishment; surprise.
- n. Wonder mingled with approbation, esteem, love, or veneration; an emotion excited by what is novel, great, beautiful, or excellent: as, admiration of virtue or goodness; admiration of a beautiful woman or a fine picture.
- n. The quality of exciting wonder or surprise; marvelousness; admirableness.
- n. An object of wonder or approbation: now only in the phrase the admiration of.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of delighted approval and liking
- n. a favorable judgment
- n. the feeling aroused by something strange and surprising
From French admiration < Latin admīrātiō, from prefix ad- + mīrō ("I look at") + -ātiō. Compare the verb admire. (Wiktionary)