Definition of ovation in English:


Syllabification: o·va·tion
Pronunciation: /ōˈvāSH(ə)n


1A sustained and enthusiastic show of appreciation from an audience, especially by means of applause: the performance received a thundering ovation
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  • 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.
round of applause, applause, hand-clapping, clapping, cheering, cheers, bravos, acclaim, acclamation, tribute, standing ovation
informal (big) hand
2 Roman History A processional entrance into Rome by a victorious commander, of lesser honor than a triumph.


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.

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