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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Recent Examples on the Web The jump drew throngs of spectators as skiers tried to outdo each other. Matt Tunseth, Anchorage Daily News, "Darth Vader, the Space Force and Winnie the Pooh showed up for a cross country ski race on a sunny Saturday at Kincaid Park," 16 Feb. 2020 The facility will fill 26,000 square feet and contain 375 gaming PCs and consoles, and will have capacity for 120 esports teams and hundreds of spectators, according to the official press release. Jason Fanelli, The Hollywood Reporter, "Esports Arena: 'PUBG' Event Postponed by Coronavirus Concerns; 'Overwatch' League Exec Sparks Backlash," 12 Feb. 2020 Six Japanese macaques standing erect on leashes obediently kicked the ball up and down the turf as their human trainers and a crowd of spectators cheered them on in a mock Japan-versus-Brazil match. National Geographic, "Circus-like performances by snow monkeys in Japan contradict their long-revered status," 8 Feb. 2020 Points were awarded based on number of unsportsmanlike penalties, personal fouls, respect for the American flag, on-field actions and those of spectators and supporting groups. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Touchdown Club of Houston honors sportsmanship leaders," 3 Feb. 2020 The day’s action of bloodless bullfighting brought plenty of spectators. Elizabeth Findell, WSJ, "Texas’ Only Home for Matadors Is on Brink of Closing," 22 Jan. 2020 Celebrating his team’s win over the Seattle Seahawks on Dec. 29, Jimmy Garoppolo of the San Francisco 49ers launched the gameplay football into the crowd of spectators, a violation of the league’s fan safety guidelines. Benjamin Vanhoose, PEOPLE.com, "49ers' Jimmy Garoppolo Faces $7K Fine for Tossing Football Into Stands," 7 Jan. 2020 Shouts from the riders, the whinnying of horses and the cheers of thousands of spectators filled the air. New York Times, "In a Year of Perpetual Motion, Moments That Stopped Time," 6 Jan. 2020 Above them on the clifftop are thousands of spectators -- notable for the multitude of nationalities -- watching these water daredevils. Matt Majendie, CNN, "Big wave surfers wrestle with death to feed addiction thrill," 24 Dec. 2019

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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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25 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Spectator.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spectator. Accessed 27 Feb. 2020.

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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 How to pronounce spectator (audio) \

Kids Definition of spectator

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

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