Meaning of “spectacular” in the English Dictionary

"spectacular" in British English

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spectacularadjective

uk /spekˈtæk.jə.lər/ us /spekˈtæk.jə.lɚ/

B1 very exciting to look at:

a spectacular view
He scored a spectacular goal in the second half.
There was a spectacular sunset last night.

B1 especially great:

We've had spectacular success with the product.

More examples

  • The Olympics climaxed in a spectacular closing ceremony.
  • He makes a spectacular entrance in act two draped in a gold sheet.
  • Scotland is famous for its spectacular countryside.
  • The river snakes through some of the most spectacular countryside in France.
  • As the mother of the bride, I feel obliged to wear something really spectacular.

spectacularnoun [ C ]

uk /spekˈtæk.jə.lər/ us /spekˈtæk.jə.lɚ/

(Definition of “spectacular” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spectacular" in American English

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spectacularadjective

us /spekˈtæk·jə·lər/

exciting and interesting because of being large or extreme:

a spectacular sunset
The scenery is spectacular.
He scored a spectacular touchdown.
The raffle was a spectacular success.

spectacularnoun [ C ]

us /spekˈtæk·jə·lər/

a large, exciting event, show, or performance:

a television spectacular

(Definition of “spectacular” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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