- An example of a spectacle is a great fireworks show.
- An example of a spectacle is a person throwing a tantrum who all others in the room are staring at.
The definition of a spectacle is something amazing, interesting or exciting to see that attracts attention.
- something to look at, esp. some strange or remarkable sight; unusual display
- a public show or exhibition on a grand scale
- Old-fashioned a pair of eyeglasses
- something like a pair of eyeglasses in shape, use, etc.
Origin of spectacleOld French ; from Classical Latin spectaculum ; from spectare, to behold, frequentative of specere, to see: see spy
make a spectacle of oneself
to behave foolishly or improperly in public
- a. Something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature.b. A public performance or display, especially one on a large or lavish scale.c. A regrettable public display, as of bad behavior: drank too much and made a spectacle of himself.
- spectaclesa. A pair of eyeglasses.b. Something resembling eyeglasses in shape or suggesting them in function.
Origin of spectacleMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin spect&amacron;culum, from spect&amacron;re, to watch, frequentative of specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
- 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
- (usually in the plural) 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.
- (figuratively) An aid to the intellectual sight.
- The brille of a snake.