Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Enthusiastic expression of praise or approval.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun often used in plural A mark or expression of applause; praise bestowed.

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

  • noun enthusiastic approval

Etymologies

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

[Short for Latin plaudite, pl. imperative of plaudere, to applaud (used at the end of Roman plays).]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin plaudite, second-person plural imperative of plaudere (" to applaud").

Examples

  • I’m on a semi-vacation for a couple of weeks and posting lightly or on offbeat topics such such as plaudit abuse that I normally deal with only in the context of book reviews.

    2009 July 14 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • As a plaudit, "recently established definitive Russian text" may sound like a pedantic mouthful, but Platonov is anything but a writer of merely academic interest.

    A Different Stripe:

  • First of all, we have Natalie Portman's astonishingly physical and emotional tour de force, which is worthy of every plaudit and award she has and will win.

    Scott Mendelson: 2010 in Review: Favorite Films of the Year

  • First of all, we have Natalie Portman's astonishingly physical and emotional tour de force, which is worthy of every plaudit and award she has and will win.

    Scott Mendelson: 2010 in Review: Favorite Films of the Year

  • As a plaudit, "recently established definitive Russian text" may sound like a pedantic mouthful, but Platonov is anything but a writer of merely academic interest.

    A Letter from the Editor on Andrey Platonov (and a sale)

  • As a plaudit, "recently established definitive Russian text" may sound like a pedantic mouthful, but Platonov is anything but a writer of merely academic interest.

    From the editor

  • Some people might say that “plaudit” has value as a substitute for “praise” if that word has appeared repeatedly.

    2009 July 14 « One-Minute Book Reviews

  • Wayne Brady, who's up for the Outstanding Game Show Host plaudit, will host.

    General Hospital Leads Daytime Emmy Nominations

  • As a plaudit, "recently established definitive Russian text" may sound like a pedantic mouthful, but Platonov is anything but a writer of merely academic interest.

    Translation

  • As a plaudit, "recently established definitive Russian text" may sound like a pedantic mouthful, but Platonov is anything but a writer of merely academic interest.

    Deals

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