Spectacle - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈspektəkl|  American pronunciation of the word spectacle
Brit.  |ˈspɛktək(ə)l|  British pronunciation of the word spectacle


- something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual sight)

the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape

- an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
- a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase `make a spectacle of' yourself


He peered through his spectacles.

...the multimedia spectacles that have become established parts of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympic Games...

the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to escape

...the lavish spectacle results in one exhilaration after another...

...a goodly number of people gathered to watch the spectacle...

...the stunning spectacle of this Las Vegas show is sure to intoxicate spectators...

The spectacle of injustice burnt into his soul.

The government of Nero at this moment presented a spectacle of awful cruelty and abysmal degradation.

People were standing fascinated at the spectacle of a rocket launching.

the demolition of the huge tower was quite a spectacle

She could not help watching the sad spectacle

Word forms

singular: spectacle
plural: spectacles
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