Definitions for spectacleˈspɛk tə kəl

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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

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


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