Spectacle meaning

spĕk'tə-kəl
Something like a pair of eyeglasses in shape, use, etc.
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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.

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A public show or exhibition on a grand scale.
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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.
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An embarrassing situation.

He made a spectacle out of himself.

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Something to look at, esp. some strange or remarkable sight; unusual display.
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A pair of eyeglasses.
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An exciting exhibition, performance or event.
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(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.
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(figuratively) An aid to the intellectual sight.
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The brille of a snake.
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make a spectacle of oneself
  • To behave foolishly or improperly in public.
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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
  • From Middle English, from Old French spectacle, from Latin spectaculum (“a show, spectacle"), from spectare (“to see, behold"), frequentative of specere (“to see"); see species.
    From Wiktionary