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

  • n. Approval expressed especially by the clapping of hands.
  • n. Praise; commendation: a scientific discovery that won critical applause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The act of applauding; approbation and praise publicly expressed by the clapping of hands, stamping or tapping of the feet, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of applauding; approbation and praise publicly expressed by clapping the hands, stamping or tapping with the feet, acclamation, huzzas, or other means; marked commendation.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A manifestation of approval by sound; enthusiastic approbation expressed by clapping the hands, acclamation, huzzas, or other means of demonstration; popular laudation.
  • n. Any expression of approbation, appreciation, or delight; commendation; encouragement; approval.
  • n. An object of approval. B. Jonson.
  • To applaud; approve.

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

  • n. a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together

Etymologies

Medieval Latin applausus, from past participle of Latin applaudere, to applaud; see applaud.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin applausus, from applaudō ("I strike against”, “I applaud") (whence the English verb applaud). (Wiktionary)

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