• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Claqueur One of the claque employed to applaud at a theater.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n claqueur A member of the claque. Each claqueur has a special rôle allotted to him. Thus, the rieur laughs at the comic sallies; the pleureur weeps at pathetic passages; the bisseur calls “encore!” and so on; and all together clap their hands and applaud upon occasion. The performances of the claque are directed by a leader.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Claqueur a member of the claque
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. claquer, to clap.


In literature:

Here they are either performers or claqueurs, an uproar not being offensive to them, because they create it.
"The Origins of Contemporary France, Volume 3 (of 6)" by Hippolyte A. Taine
He detested three things: a Jesuit, a gendarme, and a claqueur at a theatre.
"The Paris Sketch Book of Mr. M. A. Titmarsh" by William Makepeace Thackeray
Navarrot, the ministerial claqueur, was already applauding Granet most enthusiastically.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
Claqueurs of Paris, the, 183.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 380, June, 1847" by Various
But the leading artists demanded it, and the manager notified his claqueurs that their pay was stopped.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
My lord led this hostile demonstration and all his hired claqueurs joined in.
"The Strollers" by Frederic S. Isham
There was no need of our services as claqueurs, however, for the hall was crowded and the audience demonstrative.
"Memories of a Musical Life" by William Mason