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
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.
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
spek′ta-kl, n. a sight: show, a pageant, exhibition: (pl.) a pair of lenses mounted in frames to assist the sight, aids to mental vision: a marking resembling spectacles, as in the cobra.—adjs. Spec′tacled, wearing spectacles: marked like spectacles, as the bear, cobra, &c.; Spectac′ular, marked by display.—n. Spectacular′ity.—adv. Spectac′ularly. [L. spectaculum—spectāre, -ātum, intens. of specĕre, to look at.]
British National Corpus
Rank popularity for the word 'spectacle' in Nouns Frequency: #2664
The numerical value of spectacle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8
The numerical value of spectacle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Life is not a spectacle or a feast it is a predicament.
If your job is to leaven ordinary lives with elevating spectacle, be elevating or be gone.
The sight of extreme athletes careering down an ice track outside Saint Paul's iconic cathedral is an awe-inspiring spectacle -- and one great big party.
What spectacle can be more edifying or more seasonable than that of Liberty and Learning, each leaning on the other for their natural and surest support.
The courage of life is often a less dramatic spectacle than the courage of a final moment but it is no less than a magnificent mixture of triumph and tragedy.
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Translations for spectacle
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- 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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