spec·​tac·​u·​lar | \ spek-ˈta-kyə-lər How to pronounce spectacular (audio) , spək- \

Definition of spectacular

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a spectacle : striking, sensational a spectacular display of fireworks



Definition of spectacular (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from spectacular


spectacularly adverb

Examples of spectacular in a Sentence

Adjective a spectacular play in a football game The autumn foliage was spectacular. Noun the larger-than-life spectaculars that make Las Vegas attractive to people with little interest in gambling
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective My camellias are going to be spectacular this year with a ton of flower buds set. Janet Carson, Arkansas Online, "Great Gardening Weather," 5 Oct. 2020 His skill position players aren’t spectacular, but his setup to win, thanks to that coaching staff, is. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Baker Mayfield, Dwayne Haskins, Dak Prescott and quarterbacks who can’t win alone: Young NFL QB Rankings, Week 4," 3 Oct. 2020 Sure, the offense was spectacular, but the defense struggled, yielding more than 30 points on four occasions and more than 21 points eight times. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "These are the nine other times the Packers started the season 3-0 in the Super Bowl era," 28 Sep. 2020 In all likelihood, this is going to be spectacular next spring. Elizabeth Weil, ProPublica, "What the Photos of Wildfires and Smoke Don’t Show You," 21 Sep. 2020 McFadden was spectacular in his final regular-season game against the Saints' rival. al, "Javonte Graves-Billips, Bestor McFadden rally St. Paul’s past UMS-Wright 34-32," 12 Sep. 2020 The first seven games of third baseman Isaac Paredes' career were spectacular due to his pitch recognition: 7-for-22 (.318) with one double, one homer, six RBIs, four walks and eight strikeouts. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Michael Fulmer chased early, as Detroit Tigers stumped by Minnesota Twins, 6-2," 7 Sep. 2020 President Donald Trump is expanding his arsenal of spectacular, but hard to explain, claims about U.S. military might. Robert Burns, Star Tribune, "Trump's talk of secret new weapon fits a pattern of puzzles," 11 Sep. 2020 All of that is to say that Chicago’s historic hotels are joined at the hip with our historic and spectacular tradition of live entertainment. Chris Jones, chicagotribune.com, "Column: Chicago cannot lose the Palmer House, now boarded up and in deep financial trouble," 9 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Davis has become so dominant as of late that teammates cannot help but envision him performing the spectacular. Mark Medina, USA TODAY, "Opinion: There's still basketball to play, but Lakers' Anthony Davis looks like NBA Finals MVP," 3 Oct. 2020 Up to this point, the show has been an outdoor live spectacular staged in one of Hartford’s city parks. courant.com, "Community News For The Putnam-Killingly Edition," 25 Sep. 2020 It was supposed to be the day to kick off a rite of spring, and a rite of passage — a three-week college hoops spectacular that allows people to set aside their differences and replace them with other ones. Eddie Pells, The Denver Post, "March Sadness: No brackets and no knowing what might’ve been," 15 Mar. 2020 Part sketch comedy and part musical spectacular, the original Bunch was one of the year's strangest yet sweetest pop culture offerings, featuring Mulaney and a gaggle of talented children singing about noodles and talking about their darkest fears. Devan Coggan, EW.com, "Pay attention: John Mulaney is making more Sack Lunch Bunch specials," 7 July 2020 Instead of one big spectacular, the city will blast off fireworks from four locations, encouraging residents to enjoy the shows from their homes. David Petkiewicz, cleveland, "Hundreds attend fireworks show at Lorain County Fairgrounds (photos)," 4 July 2020 Their iconic fireworks spectacular has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic. Michael George, CBS News, ""Not your typical Fourth of July": Americans celebrate holiday amid pandemic," 4 July 2020 Parades, nighttime spectaculars and character meet-and-greets will return at a later date, the company said. NBC News, "Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals officially canceled," 12 June 2020 Certain experiences that draw large group gatherings — such as parades and nighttime spectaculars — will return at a later date. James Hibberd, EW.com, "Disneyland announces plan to reopen starting July 17," 10 June 2020

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First Known Use of spectacular


1682, in the meaning defined above


1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spectacular


Latin spectaculum

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The first known use of spectacular was in 1682

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19 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spectacular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectacular. Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce spectacular (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of spectacular

: causing wonder and admiration : very impressive


spec·​tac·​u·​lar | \ spek-ˈta-kyə-lər How to pronounce spectacular (audio) \

Kids Definition of spectacular

: striking, showy a spectacular sunset

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