Definitions for ovationoʊˈveɪ ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

o•va•tionoʊˈveɪ ʃən(n.)

  1. an enthusiastic public acclamation, marked esp. by loud, prolonged applause.

  2. (in ancient Rome) the ceremonial entrance of a commander whose victories did not warrant a triumph.

    Category: Ancient History

Origin of ovation:

1525–35; < L ovātiō, der. of ovāre to celebrate an ovation

Princeton's WordNet

  1. ovation, standing ovation(noun)

    enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)


  1. ovation(Noun)

    prolonged enthusiastic applause

  2. ovation(Noun)

    (Ancient Rome) a victory ceremony of less importance than a triumph

  3. Origin: From ovationem (accusative of ovatio).


  1. Ovation

    The ovation was a lower form of the Roman triumph. Ovations were granted, when war was not declared between enemies on the level of states, when an enemy was considered basely inferior or when the general conflict was resolved with little to no bloodshed or danger to the army itself. The general celebrating the ovation did not enter the city on a biga, a chariot pulled by two white horses, as generals celebrating triumphs did, but instead walked in the toga praetexta of a magistrate. The honoured general also wore a wreath of myrtle upon his brow, rather than the triumphal wreath of laurel. The Roman Senate did not precede the general, nor did soldiers usually participate in the procession. Perhaps the most famous ovation in history is that which Marcus Licinius Crassus celebrated after his victory of the Third Servile War.

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cheering or applause etc to express approval, welcome etc

They gave the president a standing ovation

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