spectacle Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary

Meaning of “spectacle” in the English Dictionary

"spectacle" in British English

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uk   us   /ˈspek.tɪ.kl̩/

spectacle noun (UNUSUAL EVENT)

[C] an ​unusual or ​unexpectedevent or ​situation that ​attractsattention, ​interest, or ​disapproval: It was a ​strange spectacle to ​see the two ​formerenemiesshakinghands and ​slapping each other on the back. We ​witnessed the ​extraordinary spectacle of an ​oldladyclimbing a ​tree to ​rescue her ​cat.

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
adjective [before noun] uk   us   /-kl̩/
a spectacle ​case
(Definition of spectacle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spectacle" in American English

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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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