Hear that applause and cries of "Bravo"? Your audience is giving you an ovation, or praise for a great performance.

The noun ovation has origins in the Latin word ovare, meaning "exult, rejoice, triumph.” Ancient Romans used it to describe a ceremony honoring a general entering Rome following a minor triumph. By the nineteenth century ovation had taken on the more specific meaning: a display of appreciation and applause from an audience. Today, especially great performers get standing ovations, which means the audience rises from their seats as they clap.

Definitions of ovation
  1. noun
    enthusiastic recognition (especially one accompanied by loud applause)
    synonyms: standing ovation
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    type of:
    credit, recognition
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