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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

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

  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 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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