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adjective spec·tac·u·lar \spek-ˈta-kyə-lər, spək-\

Simple Definition of spectacular

  • : causing wonder and admiration : very impressive

Full Definition of spectacular

  1. :  of, relating to, or being a spectacle :  striking, sensational <a spectacular display of fireworks>

spec·tac·u·lar·ly adverb

Examples of spectacular

  1. a spectacular play in a football game

  2. The autumn foliage was spectacular.



Origin of spectacular

Latin spectaculum


First Known Use: 1682

Rhymes with spectacular


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spectacular

noun spec·tac·u·lar

Definition of spectacular

  1. :  something that is spectacular; especially :  an elaborate film, television, or theatrical production



Examples of spectacular

  1. <the larger-than-life spectaculars that make Las Vegas attractive to people with little interest in gambling>



1873

First Known Use of spectacular

1873


SPECTACULAR Defined for Kids

spectacular

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adjective spec·tac·u·lar \spek-ˈta-kyə-lər\

Definition of spectacular

  1. :  striking, showy <a spectacular sunset>





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