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applause (n.)

early 15c., "commendation, praise," from Latin applausus, past participle of applaudere "approve by clapping hands" (see applaud). English in 16c.-17c. had applausible "worthy to be applauded."

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Definitions of applause from WordNet

applause (n.)
a demonstration of approval by clapping the hands together;
Synonyms: hand clapping / clapping
From wordnet.princeton.edu