Definitions for spectacleˈspɛk tə kəl
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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
In general, spectacle refers to an event that is memorable for the appearance it creates. Derived in Middle English from c. 1340 as "specially prepared or arranged display" it was borrowed from Old French spectacle, itself a reflection of the Latin spectaculum "a show" from spectare "to view, watch" frequentative form of specere "to look at." The word spectacle has also been a term of art in theater dating from the 17th century in English drama.
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'spectacle' in Nouns Frequency: #2664
Translations for spectacle
From our Multilingual Dictionary
- Spektakel, SchauspielGerman
- silmälasit, näytelmä, spektaakkeli, näky, peiliFinnish
- látvány, látnivaló, látványosságHungarian
- 壮観, 光景Japanese
- show, mostra, espetáculoPortuguese
- зрелище, представление, спектакльRussian
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