1. [syn: ovation, standing ovation]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Ovation \O*va"tion\, n. [L. ovatio, fr. ovare to exult, rejoice,
triumph in an ovation; cf. Gr. ? to shout: cf. F. ovation.]
1. (Rom. Antiq.) A lesser kind of triumph allowed to a
commander for an easy, bloodless victory, or a victory
2. Hence: An expression of popular homage; the tribute of the
multitude to a public favorite.
To rain an April of ovation round
Their statues. --Tennyson.
3. Especially: A prolonged applause for a person of group
after a speech or performance.
standing ovation a prolonged applause during which the
audience stands as a sign of special appreciation or
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by
loud applause) [syn: ovation, standing ovation]