Meaning of “exclamation” in the English Dictionary

"exclamation" in British English

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exclamationnoun [ C ]

uk /ˌek.skləˈmeɪ.ʃən/ us /ˌek.skləˈmeɪ.ʃən/

something you say or shout suddenly because of surprise, fear, pleasure, etc.:

an exclamation of delight

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  • We all jumped up from our seats, with exclamations of surprise.
  • The man gave an exclamation and clasped both hands to his chest.
  • We heard exclamations of rage and frustration coming from the other room as he struggled to fix the problem.
  • In Enid Blyton books, the children are always uttering excited exclamations, especially about food!
  • With an exclamation of disgust, she drew back and covered her face.

(Definition of “exclamation” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"exclamation" in American English

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exclamationnoun [ C ]

us /ˌek·skləˈmeɪ·ʃən/

grammar a word that expresses sudden pain, surprise, anger, excitement, happiness, or other emotion:

"Ouch," "hey," and "wow" are exclamations.

a sudden expression of pleasure, surprise, agreement, etc.:

exclamations of delight

(Definition of “exclamation” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)