Definition of spectator noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//spekˈteɪtə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈspekteɪtər//
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a person who is watching an event, especially a sports event Wordfinderathlete, champion, compete, fixture, match, record, spectator, sport, stadium, tournament Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French spectateur or Latin spectator, from spectare ‘gaze at, observe’, frequentative of specere ‘to look’.Extra examples He was rendered a virtual spectator for large parts of the game. Spectators lined the route of the president’s walkabout. The stadium will seat 60 000 spectators. This year’s festival attracted 87 000 spectators. I think soccer is the best spectator sport there is. The new football stadium will hold 75 000 spectators. Thousands of spectators lined the route of the royal procession.
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