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

Other Words from spectator

spectator adjective
spectatorial \ ˌspek-​tə-​ˈtȯr-​ē-​əl How to pronounce spectator (audio) \ adjective
spectatorship \ ˈspek-​ˌtā-​tər-​ˌship How to pronounce spectator (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.
Recent Examples on the Web The New York crowd, silenced at last year’s spectator-free Open, erupted for Fernandez one last time. Sean Gregory, Time, 12 Sep. 2021 Pandemic restrictions in Tokyo and Beijing reduced venues to nearly spectator-free sound stages. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 29 Mar. 2022 A year after the virus forced the parade into a single, spectator-free block, the words felt powerful. New York Times, 25 Nov. 2021 For longtime fans of the Kardashians, or even the casual spectator, The Kardashians might be a disappointment. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Apr. 2022 One notable spectator who was in the stands was First Lady Dr. Jill Biden who watched the United States delegation marching in. Alison Fox, Travel + Leisure, 23 July 2021 One spectator was killed and two others were injured in an accident at a racetrack in Georgia over the weekend. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, 6 July 2021 Oblivious to all this was one spectator standing directly in the line of fire, who needed a nudge to get out of the way. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 June 2021 The final portion of the test is the manoeuver under fire obstacle course, at which point Symmonds is more of a spectator than anything else. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 9 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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20 May 2022

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

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More Definitions for spectator


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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