We hear a lot people say "Let's give sb a big round of applause."

'round' means around or every round like in a boxing match. It also means not rectangular nor square.

What's the meaning of 'round' in a phrase"a big round of applause"?

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    A round³ is a session or sequence of something, as in a round of drinks, a round of discussion etc. Mar 17, 2021 at 10:08
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    It is like a round in a boxing match. Mar 17, 2021 at 13:43

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In the idiomatic expression “a round of applause” the term round refers to a repeated number of hand clappings. The audience is invited to clap their approval in "rounds" of applause.

Basically, "round" in this instance means “over and over”.

round of applause
a period of time during which people are clapping

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