from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Of the nature of a spectacle; impressive or sensational.
  • n. Something that is spectacular, as:
  • n. A single dramatic production of unusual length or lavishness.
  • n. An elaborate display.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Amazing or worthy of special notice
  • adj. Related to, or having the character of, a spectacle or entertainment
  • adj. Relating to spectacles, or glasses for the eyes.
  • n. A spectacular display.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to a shows; of the nature of a show.
  • adj. Adapted to excite wonder and admiration by a display of pomp or of scenic effects
  • adj. Pertaining to spectacles, or glasses for the eyes.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the nature of a show or spectacle; marked or characterized by great display: as, a spectacular drama.
  • Pertaining to spectacles or glasses for assisting vision.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
  • adj. characteristic of spectacles or drama
  • adj. having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
  • n. a lavishly produced performance


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin spectaculum ("a sight, show") + -ar



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