n. n ancient Rome, a definite, formal pageant in honor of
one who had been disserviceable to the enemies of the nation. A
lesser "triumph." In modern English the word is improperly used to
signify any loose and spontaneous expression of popular homage to the
hero of the hour and place.
"I had an ovation!" the actor man said,
But I thought it uncommonly queer,
That people and critics by him had been led
By the ear.
The Latin lexicon makes his absurd
Assertion as plain as a peg;
In "ovum" we find the true root of the word.
It means egg.
acclaim, acclamation, anniversaries, applause, big hand, burst of applause, celebrating, celebration, ceremony, cheer, cheering, cheers, clap, clapping, clapping of hands, commemoration, dressing ship, eclat, encore, fanfare, fanfaronade, festivity, flourish of trumpets, hand, handclap, handclapping, holiday, jubilee, kudos, laudation, marking the occasion, memorialization, memory, observance, plaudit, plaudits, popularity, praise, rejoicing, religious rites, remembrance, revel, rite, ritual observance, round of applause, salute, salvo, solemn observance, solemnization, testimonial, testimonial banquet, testimonial dinner, thunder of applause, toast, tribute, triumph
celebration, solemnization, jubilee, commemoration, ovation
, paean, triumph, jubilation, ceremony (rite), holiday, fiesta, zarabanda, revelry, feast (amusement), china anniversary, diamond anniversary, golden anniversary, silver anniversary, tin anniversary, china jubilee, diamond jubilee, golden jubilee, silver jubilee, tin jubilee, china wedding, diamond wedding, golden wedding, silver wedding, tin wedding, triumphal arch, bonfire, salute, salvo, salvo of artillery, feu de joie, flourish of trumpets, fanfare, colors flying, illuminations, inauguration, installation, presentation, coronation, Lord Mayor's show, harvest-home, red-letter day, trophy, Te Deum, fete, holiday, Forefathers' Day, celebrating, commemorative, celebrated, immortal, in honor of, in commemoration of, Int, hail!, all hail!, io paean, io triumphe!, see the conquering hero comes!.