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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Enthusiastic expression of praise or approval: a new play that opened to the plaudits of the critics.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mark or expression of applause; praise bestowed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A mark or expression of applause; praise bestowed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An expression or round of applause; praise bestowed with audible demonstrations: in the plural, equivalent to applause.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. enthusiastic approval

Etymologies

Short for Latin plaudite, pl. imperative of plaudere, to applaud (used at the end of Roman plays).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin plaudite, second-person plural imperative of plaudere (" to applaud"). (Wiktionary)

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