• WordNet 3.6
    • n claque a group of followers hired to applaud at a performance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A group of people that are hired to clap at a performance are called a claque
    • Claque A collection of persons employed to applaud at a theatrical exhibition.
    • Claque a group of sycophantic followers.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n claque In theaters, a set of men, called claqueurs, distributed through the audience, and hired to applaud the piece or the actors; the system of paid applause. This method of aiding the success of public performances is very ancient; but it first became a permanent system, openly organized and controlled by the claqueurs themselves, in Paris at the beginning of the nineteenth century.
    • n claque Hence Any band of admirers applauding and praising from interested motives.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Claque klak an institution for securing the success of a public performance, by bestowing upon it preconcerted applause
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. claquer, to clap.


In literature:

The Opera claque is well managed.
"Les Misérables Complete in Five Volumes" by Victor Hugo
He never invites anybody to dinner except Porcher, the chief of the claque.
"The Memoirs of Victor Hugo" by Victor Hugo
The star was a fat man with a husky tenorino voice, who sang drunk and half-naked to a protecting claque of ten thousand hands.
"Imperial Purple" by Edgar Saltus
The first day there was a cram, the second day only the claque remained.
"Paris under the Commune" by John Leighton
It was their fault that it got about that I had hired a claque to clap me!
"The Story of My Life" by Ellen Terry
A claque of his supporters replied with feigned enthusiasm, but a malcontent at Alice's side rose and stamped to the door.
"The Half-Hearted" by John Buchan
Is there anything in the world so disgusting as to feel one's self patronized, made capital of, enrolled in a claque?
"The Simple Life" by Charles Wagner
The admitted existence of cliques and claques in London makes us distrustful.
"Confessions of a Book-Lover" by Maurice Francis Egan
Claques were arranged if the public were obtuse.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Il me l'a avoue, ensuite il a claque et depuis j'ai vu ton avocat.
"The Paliser case" by Edgar Saltus