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Meaning of “spectacle” in the English Dictionary

"spectacle" in British English

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spectaclenoun

uk   us   /ˈspek.tɪ.kl̩/
  • spectacle noun (PUBLIC EVENT)

[C or U] a ​publicevent or show that is ​exciting to ​watch; an ​excitingappearance: The ​carnival was a ​magnificent spectacle. The ​television show was ​mere spectacle (= had an ​excitingappearance, 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 Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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spectaclenoun [C]

 us   /ˈspek·tə·kəl/
  • spectacle noun [C] (UNUSUAL EVENT)

an ​unusual or ​unexpectedevent or ​situation that ​attractsattention: an ​amazing/​terrible spectacle The ​trialbecame a ​public spectacle. She made a spectacle of herself (= ​behaved in a way that ​attractedattention and made her ​lookridiculous).
  • spectacle noun [C] (PUBLIC SHOW)

a ​largepublicevent or show: The ​fireworks were a ​magnificent spectacle.
(Definition of spectacle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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