spectacular

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

But that doesn’t go far enough to describe how spectacular the Bucks have been. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The NBA’s Big Greek Dunking Machine," 6 Dec. 2018 And the star—measuring just over nine feet across, weighing a staggering 900 pounds and topped with three million Swarovski crystals—is unequivocally spectacular. Olivia Martin, Town & Country, "The Rockefeller Christmas Tree Debuts a New Star Designed by Daniel Libeskind," 14 Nov. 2018 Paul Fitzgerald, the actor who played Tom Grant, was so spectacular. Yvonne Villarreal, latimes.com, "'GLOW': The story behind the Weinstein-esque episode," 29 June 2018 The result, though, was spectacular: the researchers were unable to detect any positron loss during the trapping process. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Technical tour-de-force traps positrons," 11 Dec. 2018 Knut is a great host and really brings all the people together at the table, and the chef was spectacular. Matt Hranek, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Visit Norway, According To Two Design Insiders," 3 Dec. 2018 Productivity growth was spectacular in the late 1990s, rising at 3 percent annually. Jason Furman, Vox, "The real reason you’re not getting a pay raise," 11 Aug. 2018 The defense has been spectacular at times and solid overall. Jeff Wilson, star-telegram, "How drastically will Beltre's return cut into Kiner-Falefa's playing time?," 1 June 2018 The work is hard, bending over to care for the plants, carrying trays around or carefully placing tiny shoots into containers, but the results are spectacular. Michael Sangiacomo, cleveland.com, "The plant you give Mom on Mother's Day likely has local roots (photos)," 13 May 2018

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

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English Language Learners Definition of spectacular

: causing wonder and admiration : very impressive

spectacular

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

Kids Definition of spectacular

: striking, showy a spectacular sunset

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