Definition of Claque

1. Noun. A group of followers hired to applaud at a performance.

Group relationships: House
Generic synonyms: Followers, Following



Definition of Claque

1. n. A collection of persons employed to applaud at a theatrical exhibition.

Definition of Claque

1. Noun. A group of people hired to attend a performance and to either applaud or boo. ¹

2. Noun. A group of people who pre-arrange among themselves to express strong support for an idea, so as to give the false impression of a wider consensus. ¹

3. Noun. A group of fawning admirers. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Claque

1. a group of hired applauders [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Claque

clapperboards
clapperclaw
clapperclawed
clapperclawing
clapperclaws
clapperless
clappers
clapping
clappingly
clappings
claps
clapshot
clapt
claptrap
claptraps
claque (current term)
claquer
claquers
claques
claqueur
claqueurs
clarabella
clarabellas
clarain
clarains
claraite
claree
clarence
clarences
claret

Literary usage of Claque

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1. The Gentleman's Magazine (1890)
"THE claque. T HOSE among the many thousands who visited Paris last year and were able ... But, though purely French in its modern organisation, the claque, ..."

2. Tricolored Sketches in Paris: During the Years 1851-2-3 by Frank Boott Goodrich (1855)
"A CHAPTER ON THE claque, AND THE SELECT COMPANY UNDER THE CHANDELIER. January 13th, 1853. I HAVE thit week a piece of news of real importance to communicate ..."

3. Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature by John Sullivan Dwight (1873)
"It is curious to fee a chef de claque recruiting his troupe. ... As a rule, the first thing the chef de claque looks at is the dress of the candidates. ..."

4. The English Illustrated Magazine (1908)
"German singers, on the other hand, depend upon their own efforts—for which they are greatly loathed by the claque. A well-known American musical (? ..."

5. Old and New Paris: Its History, Its People, and Its Places by Henry Sutherland Edwards, John Boyd Thacher Collection (Library of Congress) (1893)
"The question haß often been raised as to whether not only the claque but even spontaneous applause should not be suppressed. The spectator, abandoned to the ..."

6. Purple Tints of Paris: Character and Manners in the New Empire by Bayle St. John (1854)
"... claque—The Queue—Moralising Influence of the Theatre—Stolen Jokes—The Moral Bourgeois—Contrast between his Taste and that of the Working Classes. ..."

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