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.
He made a spectacle out of himself.
- To behave foolishly or improperly in public.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of spectacle
- Middle English from Old French from Latin spectāculum from spectāre to watch frequentative of specere to look at spek- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition