Simple Definition of spectacle
: a very impressive show
: something that attracts attention because it is very unusual or very shocking
Full Definition of spectacle
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 plural : glasses
3 : something (as natural markings on an animal) suggesting a pair of glasses
Examples of spectacle in a sentence
He peered through his spectacles.
<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
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