1. A lesser kind of triumph allowed to a commander for an easy, bloodless victory, or a victory over slaves.
2. Hence: An expression of popular homage; the tribute of the multitude to a public favorite. To rain an April of ovation round Their statues. (Tennyson)
Origin: L. Ovatio, fr. Ovare to exult, rejoice, triumph in an ovation; cf. Gr. To shout: cf. F. Ovation.