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"spectacle" in American English

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spectaclenoun [C]

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

an unusual or unexpected event or situation that attracts attention: an amazing/terrible spectacle The trial became a public spectacle. She made a spectacle of herself (= behaved in a way that attracted attention and made her look ridiculous).
  • spectacle noun [C] (PUBLIC SHOW)

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







"spectacle" in British English

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spectaclenoun

uk   /ˈspek.tə.kəl/ us   /ˈspek.tə.kəl/
  • 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   /ˈspek.tə.kəl/ us   /ˈspek.tə.kəl/
a spectacle case
(Definition of spectacle from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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