- 1A sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from an audience, especially by means of applause: the performance received a thundering ovationMore example sentences
- It also boasts the kind of ending that encourages an ovation from an enthusiastic audience.
- York-based steel band Steel Expression added a modern twist to some festive classics and their version of Sleigh Ride received a long ovation from the audience.
- Their singing was beautiful and they received a rapturous ovation from the audience.
early 16th century (sense 2): from Latin ovatio(n-), from ovare 'exult'. The word had the sense 'exultation' from the mid 17th to early 19th century.