noun spec·ta·tor \ˈspek-ˌtā-tər, spek-ˈtā-\

Definition of spectator

  1. 1 :  one who looks on or watches

  2. 2 :  a shoe having contrasting colors with a perforated design at the toe and sometimes heel




play \ˌspek-tə-ˈtȯr-ē-əl\ adjective


play \ˈspek-ˌtā-tər-ˌship, spek-ˈtā-\ noun

Examples of spectator in a sentence

  1. The spectators lining the road cheered the racers on.

  2. The accident attracted a large crowd of spectators.

  3. I wasn't a participant in the preparations, merely a spectator.

Origin and Etymology of spectator

Latin, from spectare to watch

First Known Use: circa 1586

SPECTATOR Defined for English Language Learners


noun spec·ta·tor \ˈspek-ˌtā-tər, spek-ˈtā-\

Definition of spectator for English Language Learners

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

SPECTATOR Defined for Kids


noun spec·ta·tor \ˈspek-ˌtā-tər\

Definition of spectator for Students

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

Word Root of spectator

The Latin word specere, meaning “to look” or “to look at,” gives us the roots spec, spic, and spect. Words from the Latin specere have something to do with looking or watching. A spectator is a person who watches something, such as a sports event. Anything conspicuous is easy to see. To inspect is to look very closely at all parts of something. A specimen, or sample, is one example or one part that can show what the rest look like.

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