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

Other Words from spectacular


spectacularly adverb

Synonyms for spectacular

Synonyms: Noun

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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
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The rugged coastline of the country's southernmost area is defined by steep limestone cliffs and rock formations dotted by hidden beaches and mysterious caves, the most spectacular of which is Benagil. Dobrina Zhekova, Travel + Leisure, 14 May 2022 This week in travel news: the world's best hotels, greatest sandwiches and most spectacular railway journeys. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 14 May 2022 An Aspen, Colorado summer is nothing short of spectacular. Elise Taylor, Vogue, 11 May 2022 The most spectacular of them all has to be the Actun Tunichil Muknal (ATM), which requires a semi-technical descent more than a mile underground. Graham Averill, Outside Online, 7 May 2022 The lineup for the third annual Global Movie Day is nothing short of spectacular. Natasha Dado, PEOPLE.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Davis, a 6-foot-5 19-year-old from La Crosse, Wis. has been nothing short of spectacular for the Badgers this season. Andrew Wagner, Forbes, 1 Feb. 2022 In its place there is a long, gradually maturing danger, less sudden and less spectacular, but equally deadly. . . . Robert Zubrin, National Review, 26 Apr. 2022 But whatever those purple and green things were at this conference … spectacular. Gordon Monson, The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The exclusive, only-in-Vegas spectacular will be packed with smash hits spanning the multi-talented entertainer’s 20-year career. Rivea Ruff, Essence, 27 Feb. 2022 Keselowski and Chris Buescher won the 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway on Thursday night to put them side-by-side starting from the second row in NASCAR’s sold-out, season-opening spectacular. Jenna Fryer, orlandosentinel.com, 17 Feb. 2022 With another album and several more songs in their catalog today, Flight Facilities has even more material to work with for another orchestral spectacular. Chris Malone Méndez, Forbes, 17 Mar. 2022 The biggest guest of the spectacular, however, was former President Donald Trump, played by James Austin Johnson, who was manning the phones. Frank Pallotta, CNN, 6 Mar. 2022 The celebratory spectacular will illuminate the New York City skyline on Sunday, July 4th, beginning at 8PM ET. Rebecca Norris, Country Living, 4 July 2021 For a dozen years in Detroit, Stafford attempted the spectacular, but the team around him couldn’t capitalize on his talent. Dom Amore, courant.com, 12 Feb. 2022 Her spectacular, hands-over-head leaps led her side to a runaway gold, far ahead of silver United States, bronze Japan and fourth-place Canada. Saphora Smith, NBC News, 14 Feb. 2022 As pristine and spectacular as the Rose Bowl field was, a lot of the Cowboys players were having a hard time finding their footing in the first half. Los Angeles Times, 11 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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17 May 2022

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“Spectacular.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectacular. Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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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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