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Dictionary Definition

plaudit n : enthusiastic approval; "the book met with modest acclaim"; "he acknowledged the plaudits of the crowd"; "they gave him more eclat than he really deserved" [syn: acclaim, acclamation, plaudits, eclat]

User Contributed Dictionary



From plaudite, “applaud



  1. In the context of "often used in plural": A mark or expression of applause; praise bestowed.
    • 1862, Washington Irving, Works of Washington Irving, page 490:
      The roof now rung with bravos, handkerchiefs, were waived on every side, “three cheers,” again and again, and plaudit upon plaudit following in such quick succession, begun, ended, and begun again, that it was some time before the toast with which Mr. Irving concluded, could be heard.

Extensive Definition

Plaudit (1895-1919) is an American Thoroughbred racehorse. A descendant of English Triple Crown champion, West Australian, Plaudit is best known for winning the 1898 Kentucky Derby.
Conditioned by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame trainer Edward D. Brown, racing at age two Plaudit won four of his twelve starts. After finishing fourth in the Futurity Stakes at Sheepshead Bay Race Track, he was bought by noted Kentucky horseman, John E. Madden and in a race for older horses in September, defeated the 1896 Kentucky Derby winner Ben Brush. As a three-year-old, Plaudit was ridden by future U.S. Racing Hall of Fame jockey, Willie Simms in the 24th edition of the Kentucky Derby. Plaudit came from behind with a powerful stretch drive to catch the betting favorite Lieber Karl and win by a nose.
In 1898 Plaudit won four of his eight races and finished second in the other four, notably in the Latonia Derby. His wins included a second defeat of Lieber Karl in the Clark Handicap. Retired at the end of the racing season, Plaudit stood at stud at John Madden's Hamburg Place in Lexington, Kentucky.
Plaudit was from Cinderella who was also the mare of Hastings, the 1896 Belmont Stakes winner and Leading sire in North America in 1902 and 1908. While Plaudit never matched Hastings' success as a sire, he produced a dozen graded stakes race winners including multiple stakes champion, King James.
Plaudit died in 1919 and is buried in the Hamburg Place equine cemetery.

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

acclaim, acclamation, applause, big hand, burst of applause, cheer, clap, clapping, clapping of hands, eclat, encore, hand, handclap, handclapping, ovation, popularity, round of applause, thunder of applause
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