spec·ta·tor | \ ˈspek-ˌtā-tər , 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 \ adjective
spectatorship \ˈspek-ˌtā-tər-ˌship, 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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Police escorts, a fleet of fire engines, thousands of spectators lined the route. Peter Rowe, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Father's Day without a hero dad: how a widow makes her late husband present to their young daughters," 17 June 2018 In 2015, South Korea's spy agency said Kim Jong Un ordered his defense chief, Hyon Yong Chol, executed with an anti-aircraft gun in front of hundreds of spectators at a military shooting range. Kim Tong-hyung, Fox News, "A look at N. Korea's human rights abuses Trump played down," 13 June 2018 Over 5,000 spectators come to view the action, filling hotels and rental cabins from Cheboygan to Petoskey. Elaine Glusac, chicagotribune.com, "Start your boat engines: 'World's Toughest Outboard Marathon' revs up northern Michigan," 12 July 2018 Atlantic City is always packed in the summer, but 250,000 spectators flock here each year to catch the show. Jenna Scherer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best 4th of July Fireworks in the USA," 27 June 2018 The series has already requested some 35,000 hotel rooms for its proposed 2019 race, and expects more than 200,000 spectators to line Miami's streets. Adam H. Beasley, miamiherald, "Formula One 'an opportunity like no other' for Miami, but will a deal get done?," 23 June 2018 Credit: Nikolaos Vitos via Storyful Media: Storyful The park’s concession stand will not be open for this event, so spectators are encouraged to bring their own coolers with food and drinks for a tailgate party-style celebration. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Fireworks show coming to Cleveland July 4," 15 June 2018 One of the largest annual parades with over 100,000 spectators, this year’s event will have over 270 contingents and more than 20 stages and venues. Melania Hidalgo, The Cut, "A Guide to the Biggest Pride Events Happening This June," 15 June 2018 The suit contends the team and the city were negligent for not putting up safety netting to protect spectators. Don Stacom, Courant Community, "Spectator Sues Bristol Blues Over Injury From Broken Bat," 14 July 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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Phrases Related to spectator

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The first known use of spectator was circa 1586

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English Language Learners Definition of spectator

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


spec·ta·tor | \ ˈspek-ˌtā-tər \

Kids Definition of spectator

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

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