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

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 For Isolde Brielmaier, the results were nothing short of spectacular. Edward Barsamian, Vogue, "Inside Miami Art Basel with Westfield’s Executive Director of Arts, Culture, and Community Isolde Brielmaier," 7 Dec. 2018 The celebrity wedding of the century is set to be nothing less than spectacular, with a full week of celebrations in India before the actual nuptials even take place, according to The Sun. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas Will Get Married at Umaid Bhawan Palace in India," 12 Nov. 2018 In fact, so spectacular, that fans of the show seem super anxious to get involved and vote for their favorites. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "'Dancing With the Stars Juniors' Fans Have Strong Feelings About the Fact That You Can't Vote," 21 Oct. 2018 The band was chosen from among hundreds of applicants for one of the nine marching band slots for the 93rd edition of the holiday spectacular. Mará Rose Williams, kansascity, "A Blue Springs high school band will march in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Or maybe the president’s spectacular vulgarity will finally sink him? Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “They Try to Take You Out with Bullshit”," 3 Mar. 2019 Finally, Lenovo’s also announcing the Lenovo ThinkVision P44W, a rather spectacular 43.4-inch superwide curved monitor that boasts both 3840x1200 resolution as well as a 144Hz refresh rate, a 4ms response time, HDR400, and AMD FreeSync. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Lenovo's ThinkPad X1 Carbon, X1 Yoga slim down with 8th-gen Core chips for 2019," 7 Jan. 2019 After six seasons of steadily building dread, what might have been the best drama series of the decade released its tension not all at once in a spectacular onscreen climax, but in much more measured fashion, in viewers’ imaginations. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "The 7 best TV shows of 2018," 26 Dec. 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 How to pronounce spectacular (audio) \

Kids Definition of spectacular

: striking, showy a spectacular sunset

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