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Princeton's WordNet

  1. claque(noun)

    a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance


  1. Claque(n.)

    a group of sycophantic followers.

    Etymology: [F.]


  1. claque(Noun)

    A group of people hired to attend a performance and to either applaud or boo.

  2. claque(Noun)

    A group of people who pre-arrange among themselves to express strong support for an idea, so as to give the false impression of a wider consensus.

  3. claque(Noun)

    A group of fawning admirers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Claque(noun)

    a collection of persons employed to applaud at a theatrical exhibition

    Etymology: [F.]


  1. Claque

    A claque is an organized body of professional applauders in French theatres and opera houses. Members of a claque are called claqueurs. Hiring people to applaud dramatic performances was common in classical times. For example, when the emperor Nero acted, he had his performance greeted by an encomium chanted by five thousand of his soldiers. This inspired the 16th-century French poet Jean Daurat to develop the modern claque. Buying a number of tickets for a performance of one of his plays, he gave them away in return for a promise of applause. In 1820 claques underwent serious systematization when an agency in Paris opened to manage and supply claqueurs. By 1830 the claque had become an institution. The manager of a theatre or opera house was able to send an order for any number of claqueurs. These were usually under a chef de claque, who judged where the efforts of the claqueurs were needed and to initiate the demonstration of approval. This could take several forms. There would be commissaires who learned the piece by heart and called the attention of their neighbors to its good points between the acts. Rieurs laughed loudly at the jokes. Pleureurs, generally women, feigned tears, by holding their handkerchiefs to their eyes. Chatouilleurs kept the audience in a good humor, while bisseurs simply clapped and cried "Bis! Bis!" to request encores.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Claque

    klak, n. an institution for securing the success of a public performance, by bestowing upon it preconcerted applause.—n. Claq′ueur, a member of the claque. [Fr. claquer, to clap.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of claque in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of claque in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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