Definition of ovation in English:

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Pronunciation: /ə(ʊ)ˈveɪʃ(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.
2 Roman History A processional entrance into Rome by a victorious commander, of lesser honour than a triumph.


Early 16th century (in 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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