- 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.
- 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
- 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 spectaculum, from spectare, 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.