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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Latin
Origin: ovatio, from ovare 'to show great happiness'

ovation

noun
     
o‧va‧tion [countable] formal
if a group of people give someone an ovation, they clap to show approval:
The Chancellor's entrance was greeted with a standing ovation (=everyone stood up).
Fans gave the rock group a thunderous ovation.

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