spectacle Definition

  • 1a visually striking performance or display
  • 2an event or scene regarded in terms of its visual impact
  • 3a pair of eyeglasses

Using spectacle: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "spectacle" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The fireworks show was a spectacular spectacle.

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    The parade was a spectacle of color and music.

  • Example

    The political debate turned into a spectacle of insults and accusations.

  • Example

    He put on his spectacles to read the fine print.

spectacle Synonyms and Antonyms

Idioms Using spectacle

  • something that is very impressive or beautiful to see


    The sunset over the ocean was a spectacle to behold.

  • to attract attention in a negative way by behaving foolishly or inappropriately


    He made a spectacle of himself by getting drunk and shouting at the party.

  • raise eyebrows (or cause a spectacle)

    to cause surprise, shock, or disapproval


    Her outfit raised eyebrows and caused a spectacle at the formal event.

Phrases with spectacle

  • to behave in a way that attracts attention and causes embarrassment or ridicule


    He made a spectacle of himself by dancing on the table at the party.

  • a small container for holding eyeglasses or spectacles


    She always carries her spectacles in a spectacle case.

  • a lens used in eyeglasses or spectacles to correct vision problems


    He had to replace his old spectacle lenses with new ones.

Origins of spectacle

from Old French 'spectacle', from Latin 'spectaculum', from 'spectare' meaning 'to watch'


Summary: spectacle in Brief

The term 'spectacle' [ˈspɛktəkəl] refers to visually striking performances or displays, such as fireworks shows or parades. It can also refer to events or scenes that are visually impactful, like a political debate. Additionally, 'spectacle' can mean a pair of eyeglasses. Common phrases include 'make a spectacle of oneself,' indicating embarrassing behavior, and 'a spectacle to behold,' referring to something impressive or beautiful.

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