What does spectator mean?

Definitions for spectator
ˈspɛk teɪ tər, spɛkˈteɪ-spec·ta·tor

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spectator, witness, viewer, watcher, lookernoun

    a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

    "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star"

  2. spectator pump, spectatornoun

    a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel


  1. spectatornoun

    One who observes an event; an observer.

    The cheering spectators watched the fireworks.

  2. Etymology: From spectator, from frequentative verb specto, from specio.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Spectatornoun

    A looker on; a beholder.

    Etymology: spectateur, Fr. spectator, Latin.

    Than history can pattern, though devis’d
    And play’d, to take spectators. William Shakespeare.

    If it proves a good repast to the spectators, the dish pays the shot. William Shakespeare, Cymbeline.

    An old gentleman mounting on horseback got up heavily; but desired the spectators that they would count fourscore and eight before they judged him. Dryden.

    He mourns his former vigour lost so far,
    To make him now spectator of a war. Dryden.

    What pleasure hath the owner more than the spectator? Jeremiah Seed.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spectatornoun

    one who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition; as, the spectators at a show

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spectator

    spek-tā′tor, n. one who looks on:—fem. Spectā′tress, Spectā′trix.—adj. Spectatō′rial.—n. Spectā′torship, the office or quality of a spectator: (Shak.) the act of beholding.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'spectator' in Nouns Frequency: #2723

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spectator in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spectator in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of spectator in a Sentence

  1. Lou Holtz:

    Don't be a spectator, don't let life pass you by.

  2. Dustin Johnson:

    Standing there over my second shot at 18 on that Sunday I didn't think I was standing in a sand trap, there was just so much spectator rubbish in that bunker like candy wrappers, a Gatorade bottle, beer cans and all kinds of stuff including plenty of foot prints.

  3. Jockey Club:

    Horseracing is the second biggest spectator sport in Britain and we want to ensure a new generation of fans are constantly discovering the drama and excitement of its stories.

  4. Eddie Ray Routh:

    I asked him a couple of times, 'Hey, are you gonna shoot?' this isn't a spectator sport. It's a shooting sport. You shoot. And that's what got all, you know, wired up.

  5. Jim France:

    Race fans are, and always will be, the lifeblood of NASCAR. Few knew this better than Bruton Smith, bruton built his race tracks employing a simple philosophy; give face fans memories they will cherish for a lifetime. In doing do, Bruton helped grow NASCAR's popularity as the preeminent spectator sport.

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    To cause to become
    • A. render
    • B. cleave
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