Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A member of the claque. Each claqueur has a special rôle allotted to him. Thus, the rieur laughs at the comic sallies; the pleureur weeps at pathetic passages; the bisseur calls “encore!” and so on; and all together clap their hands and applaud upon occasion. The performances of the claque are directed by a leader.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One of the claque employed to applaud at a theater.
- French (Wiktionary)
“He detested three things: a Jesuit, a gendarme, and a claqueur at a theatre.”
“Nature had cast this mild-eyed individual for the part of accompanyist in the comedy we call life; a _rôle_ he sometimes varied as now, with the office of _claqueur_, when an uncommonly clever proof of madame's talent for business drew from him this noiseless tribute of applause.”
“No _claqueur_ ever remembered to have heard the like before.”
“The _chatouilleur_, or tickler, a variety of the genus _claqueur_, is in vogue chiefly at the smaller theatres.”
“He stands upon a lower grade of the social step-ladder than the _claqueur_; very unjustly, as it appears to us, his scope for the display of original genius being decidedly larger.”
“Brunet's tongue was little relished by the imperial _charlatan, -- le claqueur de la Grand Armée_, as he has been called.”
“But in any case there will appear in Leipzig as a claqueur”
“Opéra Comique, I often obtained admission to that house as a _claqueur_.”
“Navarrot, the ministerial claqueur, was already applauding”
“IDAMORE, nick-name of Chardin junior while he was _claqueur_ in a theatre on the Boulevard du Temple, Paris.”
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