- The definition of a spectacle is something amazing, interesting or exciting to see that attracts attention.
- 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.
spectacle definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Old French ; from Classical Latin spectaculum ; from spectare, to behold, frequentative of specere, to see: see spy
spectacle definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- 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: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin spectāculum, from spectāre, to watch, frequentative of specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
spectacle - Phrases/Idioms
make a spectacle of oneself