spectacled

adjective

spec·​ta·​cled ˈspek-ti-kəld How to pronounce spectacled (audio)
 also  -ˌti-kəld
1
: having or wearing spectacles
2
: having markings suggesting a pair of spectacles
a spectacled alligator

Examples of spectacled in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Their quarry was instead a six-foot-long spectacled caiman. Freda Kreier, New York Times, 24 Oct. 2023 One by one, the spectacled young doctor carefully sliced them open with a scalpel, then from the sticky tissue surrounding their guts, plucked out dozens of lima bean-sized lumps of flesh and dropped them into a flask of liquid nitrogen. Megan Molteni and Elaine Chen, STAT, 30 Sep. 2023 When the nearly two-foot reptile was caught days later, it was discovered to be a spectacled caiman, a species of crocodile native to Central and South America. Hurubie Meko, New York Times, 24 Feb. 2023 Andean Bear The spectacled Andean bear is South America's only bear species. Fox News, 10 Mar. 2020 Some called for the return of the green-spectacled guy, others lamented how flat and generic the scheme looked. Anne Quito, Quartz at Work, 15 Jan. 2020 At Wild Geese Bookshop, a (sometimes) spectacled skeleton sits by the window with a stack of books, boning up on everything from survival skills to Queen Victoria. Elizabeth Depompei, Indianapolis Star, 18 Oct. 2019 For the banker’s gift, Kuhl came up with a bright-orange collage-style image: a mashup of elements taken directly from scans of Indian paper money, the most prominent feature of which is the spectacled visage of Mohandas Gandhi. David Wolman, WIRED, 18 May 2012 With his spectacled face, cozy sweaters, and dry, endearingly sincere style of delivery, comedian Joe Pera is a bit of an enigma in the modern stand-up scene. Nick Vadala, Philly.com, 16 June 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1607, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spectacled was in 1607

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“Spectacled.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectacled. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

spectacled

adjective
spec·​ta·​cled ˈspek-ti-kəld How to pronounce spectacled (audio)
1
: having or wearing glasses
2
: having markings that look like a pair of glasses
a spectacled bear
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