spectator

noun
spec·​ta·​tor | \ ˈspek-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce spectator (audio) , spek-ˈtā-\

Definition of spectator

1 : one who looks on or watches
2 : a shoe having contrasting colors with a perforated design at the toe and sometimes heel

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Other Words from spectator

spectator adjective
spectatorial \ ˌspek-​tə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce spectatorial (audio) \ adjective
spectatorship \ ˈspek-​ˌtā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce spectatorship (audio) , spek-​ˈtā-​ \ noun

Examples of spectator in a Sentence

The spectators lining the road cheered the racers on. The accident attracted a large crowd of spectators. I wasn't a participant in the preparations, merely a spectator.
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The eye-poppingly imaginative costumes and the energy and love shown by 90,000 spectators mirrors the adrenaline of the runway. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Sambas His Way Through Rio de Janeiro’s Carnaval," 22 Mar. 2019 The movies, which used to aim to seduce, today seem bent on the brutalization of the spectator. John Banville, WSJ, "‘Sleeping With Strangers’ Review: Flickers of Desire," 22 Feb. 2019 Horse racing: a favorite sport of the royal family, but otherwise not a top draw for spectators. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Queen Elizabeth's Grandson, Peter Phillips, Wants to Organize a Horse Race Through London," 29 Nov. 2018 But Maradona has gotten more attention recently for his behavior as a spectator at Argentine matches than as a coach. Carlos Rodriguez And Amy Guthrie, Fox News, "Maradona to coach soccer club in Mexico's cartel heartland," 10 Sep. 2018 For spectators, however, this randomness offers a glimmer of hope. The Economist, "What makes a country good at football?," 9 June 2018 Those games were played on practice courts and were closed to the public, creating an intimate setting in which the spectators primarily were teams’ staff members, NBA and overseas scouts, player agents and journalists. Josh Robbins, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Magic converge on Las Vegas for 1st time in 13 years," 2 July 2018 About 1,000 spectators were in the lower blocks of seats. Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com, "Beyond hype, hope for young players in LaVar Ball's basketball league," 22 June 2018 There are no concessions on site, but spectators are welcome to bring their own picnic lunch. Debi Eimer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A drive-in, moonlit movies and more: 50 things to do this summer in and around Lake Country," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of spectator

circa 1586, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spectator

Latin, from spectare to watch

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The first known use of spectator was circa 1586

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spectator

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spectator

: a person who watches an event, show, game, activity, etc., often as part of an audience

spectator

noun
spec·​ta·​tor | \ ˈspek-ˌtā-tər How to pronounce spectator (audio) \

Kids Definition of spectator

: a person who looks on (as at a sports event)

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