spectacular

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

Definition of spectacular

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

spectacular

noun

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

Adjective

spectacularly adverb

Synonyms for spectacular

Synonyms: Noun

circus, extravaganza, pageant, raree-show, spectacle

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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

Jacobson added a free throw, then made a spectacular defensive play before hitting a 3 of his own to knot the game 69-all. Dave Skretta, The Seattle Times, "Lawson’s double-double lifts No. 9 KU past No. 24 Cyclones," 22 Jan. 2019 The night skies above the Galapagos are some of the most spectacular on earth. Erin Florio, Condé Nast Traveler, "You Can Sleep Under the Stars in the Galapagos on this New Cruise," 14 Nov. 2018 Goose-stepping soldiers are the most spectacular part of North Korea’s massive military parades. Fox News, "Past goose-steppers proud of place in North Korean parades," 6 Sep. 2018 Remarkably, Public scored the first 13 points of the third on spectacular play at the net, notably Temple City’s Ronny Diep securing three points with blocks. Emin Avakian, latimes.com, "Private School All-Stars edge local-laden Public in SGV volleyball showcase," 4 June 2018 With a fresh arm in the circle, UCLA’s defense made a pair of spectacular plays in the sixth to prevent anything more than a single by Jenna Kean. Arizona Daily Star, azcentral, "Arizona softball routed by UCLA in opening game of super regional," 24 May 2018 Tulane threatened to get more in the inning, but Houston centerfielder Grayson Padgett made a running over-the-shoulder catch on Luke Glancy's rocket to deep center, and the Cougars were able to get the ball in quickly for a spectacular triple play. NOLA.com, "Tulane routs top-seed Houston in conference baseball tournament opener," 22 May 2018 In the field: Carpenter nearly made a spectacular play in the first inning, knocking down a grounder up the middle by Jose Ramirez with his bare hand. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers blanked by Indians, who stay at top of AL Central," 16 May 2018 Maybe because this mainstream studio production is so entertaining, as opposed to spectacular, controversial or didactic, and more easily dismissed as conventional. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "Oscars 2019: Cast Your Ballot," 21 Feb. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Ever since its debut in 1924, the holiday event has evolved from a two-block procession of circus animals into what is easily our favorite over-the-top spectacular of the year (take that, Super Bowl Halftime Show). Caitlin Morton, Condé Nast Traveler, "Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade: 2018 Information and Event History," 21 Nov. 2018 This account of the HQ2 bidding spectacular is based on interviews with dozens of city and state officials, developers and people familiar with the company’s thinking. Shayndi Raice, WSJ, "How Amazon Picked HQ2 and Jilted 236 Cities," 14 Nov. 2018 Browned butter and fresh lemon juice complete the scene, and all of a sudden, one Technicolor spectacular of a culinary moment is born. Alex Hitz, House Beautiful, "Parmesan-Crusted Chicken with Lemon Butter from Alex Hitz," 1 Nov. 2014 If your area isn’t a risk for wildfires, check out our recommendations on where to catch the best firework spectaculars in the West. Marie Salcido, Sunset, "Will Drones Replace Your Fourth of July Fireworks?," 22 Jan. 2018 The show, which concludes on May 26, is the latest edition of Disney’s live-to-film spectaculars, following The Little Mermaid and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Keith Caulfield, Billboard, "'Beauty and the Beast' in Concert at the Hollywood Bowl: 8 Animated Highlights," 26 May 2018 More: Jack-O-Lantern spectacular: What to expect at this year's Halloween must-see event More: Beauty with a dash of spooky. Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "The Jack-O-Lantern Spectacular is back. Here's how to get in free," 16 Oct. 2017 Unfortunately, until those critical funds and resources come through, the hit Broadway spectacular will have to suffice. Michael Andor Brodeur, BostonGlobe.com, "The Weekender: A marathon pre-Marathon weekend," 12 Apr. 2018 That might make Washington more skeptical of the freewheeling, unscripted headline grabbing reality-show style television spectaculars that Trump seems to relish -- but have now twice been proven not to shape policy. Stephen Collinson, CNN, "Trump not so tough on guns," 12 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of spectacular

Adjective

1682, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1873, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for spectacular

Adjective

Latin spectaculum

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spectacular

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of spectacular

: causing wonder and admiration : very impressive

spectacular

adjective
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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