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spectaclenoun

uk   us   /ˈspek.tɪ.kl̩/

spectacle noun (UNUSUAL EVENT)

[C] an unusual or unexpected event or situation that attracts attention, interest, or disapproval: It was a strange spectacle to see the two former enemies shaking hands and slapping each other on the back. We witnessed the extraordinary spectacle of an old lady climbing a tree to rescue her cat.

spectacle noun (PUBLIC EVENT)

[C or U] a public event or show that is exciting to watch; an exciting appearance: The carnival was a magnificent spectacle. The television show was mere spectacle (= had an exciting appearance, but little value).

spectacle noun (GLASSES)

spectacles [plural] (informal specs ) old-fashioned glasses: a pair of spectacles steel-rimmed spectacles
spectacle
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /-kl̩/
a spectacle case
(Definition of spectacle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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