Saturday, 28 July 2012

Entry: claque (n.)

In context: "Gentle's claque of doo-wopping Motown cabinet-puppets have purple dresses and matching lipstick and nail polish..."

Definition: An organized body of hired applauders in a theatre; hence transf. a body of subservient followers always ready to applaud their leader.


Etymology:  French claque a smack or clap of the hand; a band of claqueurs; < claquer to clap.

SNOOT score: 3
Page: 400

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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