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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Medieval Latin
Origin: applausus, from Latin, past participle of applaudere; APPLAUD

applause

noun
     
ap‧plause [uncountable]
the sound of many people hitting their hands together and shouting, to show that they have enjoyed something:
She got a round of applause (=a short period of applause) when she finished.
rapturous/enthusiastic applause
He left the stage to rapturous applause.

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