Definitions for spectacleˈspɛk tə kəl

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

spec•ta•cleˈspɛk tə kəl(n.)

  1. anything presented to the sight or view, esp. something striking or impressive.

  2. a public show or display, esp. on a large scale.

  3. spectacles,

    Ref: glass (def. 5). 5

  4. Often, spectacles. something resembling eyeglasses in shape or function.

  5. Obs. a spyglass.

Idioms for spectacle:

  1. make a spectacle of oneself,to behave badly or foolishly in public; be conspicuous for one's poor taste, rudeness, eccentricity, etc.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of spectacle:

1300–50; ME < L spectāculum a sight, spectacle, der. of spectāre, freq. of specere to look, regard

Princeton's WordNet

  1. spectacle(noun)

    something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)

    "the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape"

  2. spectacle(noun)

    an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale

  3. spectacle(noun)

    a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. spectacle(noun)ˈspɛk tə kəl

    sth that is amazing to see

    the spectacle of the man lifting the truck

  2. spectacleˈspɛk tə kəl

    to do sth that makes you seem foolish

Wiktionary

  1. spectacle(Noun)

    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

  2. spectacle(Noun)

    An exciting exhibition, performance or event.

  3. spectacle(Noun)

    An embarrassing situation

    He made a spectacle out of himself

  4. spectacle(Noun)

    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.

  5. spectacle(Noun)

    An aid to the intellectual sight.

  6. spectacle(Noun)

    A spyglass; a looking-glass.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spectacle(noun)

    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

  2. Spectacle(noun)

    a spy-glass; a looking-glass

  3. Spectacle(noun)

    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

  4. Spectacle(noun)

    fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight

Freebase

  1. Spectacle

    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

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spectacle' in Nouns Frequency: #2664


Translations for spectacle

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

spectacle(noun)

a sight, especially one that is very impressive or wonderful

The royal wedding was a great spectacle.

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