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spectacle

play
noun spec·ta·cle \ˈspek-ti-kəl also -ˌti-kəl\

Simple Definition of spectacle

  • : a very impressive show

  • : something that attracts attention because it is very unusual or very shocking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of spectacle

  1. 1a :  something exhibited to view as unusual, notable, or entertaining; especially :  an eye-catching or dramatic public displayb :  an object of curiosity or contempt <made a spectacle of herself>

  2. 2 plural :  glasses

  3. 3 :  something (as natural markings on an animal) suggesting a pair of glasses

Examples of spectacle in a sentence

  1. He peered through his spectacles.

  2. <the multimedia spectacles that have become established parts of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games>



Origin and Etymology of spectacle

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin spectaculum, from spectare to watch, frequentative of specere to look, look at — more at spy


First Known Use: 14th century



SPECTACLE Defined for Kids

spectacle

play
noun spec·ta·cle \ˈspek-ti-kəl\

Definition of spectacle for Students

  1. 1 :  an unusual or impressive public display (as a big parade)

  2. 2 spectacles plural :  glass 3

  3. 3 :  an object of curiosity or contempt <Don't make a spectacle of yourself!>





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