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1. A group of persons hired to applaud at a performance.
2. A group of fawning admirers.
[French, from claquer, to clap, of imitative origin.]
1. (Theatre) a group of people hired to applaud
2. a group of fawning admirers
[C19: from French, from claquer to clap, of imitative origin]
1. a group hired to applaud an act or performer.
2. a group of sycophants.
[1860–65; < French <claquer to clap (imitative)]
claque- A group of people hired to applaud an act or performer.
See also related terms for hire.
Claquea group of admirers; always ready to applaud the person they follow; esp. in France, a group of paid applauders.