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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Similar systems in countries like Italy, which introduced an ID system for away fans in league games in 2009 to combat hooliganism, have been blamed for driving away spectators. Washington Post, "A year after World Cup, Russia toasts big soccer crowds," 14 June 2019 Jefferson officials, meanwhile, have been tinkering with Carnival for two decades but remain unsatisfied with the overall quality of the Metairie parades and spectator experience. Drew Broach, nola.com, "Here’s the Mardi Gras season parade route in Kenner - and the first krewe that will roll on it," 12 June 2019 In 1955, in motor racing’s worst disaster, more than 80 people were killed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France when two of the cars collided and crashed into spectators. BostonGlobe.com, "This day in history," 11 June 2019 In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes. Howard Fendrich, Twin Cities, "Dirty dozen: Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title," 9 June 2019 Irvin called out to Geneva Mayor Kevin Burns amid the crowd of spectators on Downer Place. Linda Girardi, Aurora Beacon-News, "Aurora's Pride Parade: 'A wonderful way to celebrate all those who for so long were crushed'," 9 June 2019 Americans have long been sensation-seeking spectators. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "The Time of True Crime," 26 Apr. 2019 Otherwise, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, and Juan Martin del Potro all won on a day the English spectators were preoccupied with two things: soccer and the sun. Howard Fendrich, BostonGlobe.com, "Top-seeded Simona Halep upset at Wimbledon," 7 July 2018 But for the spectator, there is also the sense that the one-hander, when driven with topspin, is a triumph over vulnerability. Christopher Clarey, New York Times, "Sometimes in Tennis, One Hand is Still Better Than Two," 30 June 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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