Definitions for spectacleˈspɛk tə kəl
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
spec•ta•cleˈspɛk tə kəl(n.)
anything presented to the sight or view, esp. something striking or impressive.
a public show or display, esp. on a large scale.
Ref: glass (def. 5). 5
Often, spectacles. something resembling eyeglasses in shape or function.
Obs. a spyglass.
Idioms for spectacle:
make a spectacle of oneself,to behave badly or foolishly in public; be conspicuous for one's poor taste, rudeness, eccentricity, etc.
Origin of spectacle:
1300–50; ME < L spectāculum a sight, spectacle, der. of spectāre, freq. of specere to look, regard
something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)
"the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape"
an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
spectacle(noun)ˈspɛk tə kəl
sth that is amazing to see
the spectacle of the man lifting the truck
spectacleˈspɛk tə kəl
to do sth that makes you seem foolish
Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show; a pageant
An exciting exhibition, performance or event.
An embarrassing situation
He made a spectacle out of himself
An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light.
An aid to the intellectual sight.
A spyglass; a looking-glass.
something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show; a pageant; a gazingstock
a spy-glass; a looking-glass
an optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light
fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight
Translations for spectacle
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a sight, especially one that is very impressive or wonderful
The royal wedding was a great spectacle.
- indrukwekkende dingAfrikaans
- مَنْظَر، مَشْهَدArabic
- espetáculoPortuguese (BR)
- das SchauspielGerman
- skue; synDanish
- מַראֶה מַרהִיבHebrew
- शानदार प्रदर्शन, समारोहHindi
- spektakl, prizorCroatian
- (tilkomumikil) sjónIcelandic
- skats; izrādeLatvian
- skue, synNorwegian
- pohľad, predstavenieSlovak
- gösteri, manzaraTurkish
- 壯觀的場面，壯觀的景象Chinese (Trad.)
- видовище, видUkrainian
- کوئی جاذب نظر منظر، خوشنما منظرUrdu
- quang cảnh, cảnh tượngVietnamese
- 壮观的场面或景象Chinese (Simp.)
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