American English

Definition of spectacle noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable, uncountable] a performance or an event that is very impressive and exciting to look at The carnival parade was a magnificent spectacle.
  2. 2[countable] a sight or view that is very impressive to look at The sunset was a stunning spectacle.
  3. 3[singular] an unusual or surprising sight or situation that attracts a lot of attention I remember the sad spectacle of her standing in her wedding dress, covered in mud.
  4. 4spectacles [plural] (old-fashioned) glasses a pair of spectacles a spectacle case (= to put your glasses in)
  5. Idioms
    make a spectacle of yourself
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    to draw attention to yourself by behaving or dressing in a ridiculous way in public
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: spectacle