- of or like a spectacle; marked by or given to an impressive, large-scale display.
- dramatically daring or thrilling: a spectacular dive from a cliff.
- a single television production featuring well-known performers and characterized by elaborate sets, costumes, staging, etc.Compare special(def 14).
- an impressive, large-scale display: another Hollywood spectacular.
Origin of spectacular
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Examples from the Web for spectacular
Most of them were large birds—hawks, egrets, and even peacocks—for spectacular visual effect as they took flight.The Buddhist Business of Poaching Animals for Good Karma
December 28, 2014
Today, the train chugs north out of Kanchanaburi over the famous bridge before it hits a spectacular bend in the river.Riding Thailand’s WWII Death Railway
December 21, 2014
The Macallan 18 had long being a personal favorite, one of the first spectacular single malts that I ever had the chance to try.A Whisky Connoisseur Remembers That First Sip of The Macallan
December 10, 2014
But perhaps the most spectacular lot in the sale is a silver jug, a birthday present to Churchill from his War Cabinet in 1942.Churchill’s Secret Treasures for Sale: A British PM’s Life on the Auction Block
December 8, 2014
And why did the Western Powers lose their grip in such a spectacular fashion in the decade following the end of the war?How WWI Produced the Holocaust
November 21, 2014
I'd like to do a spectacular refunding of what I stole and lost.The Prisoner
It is not the spectacular actions of an exercise that make it the best.
I am confident it can be said that he has never in his life made a spectacular photograph.Adventures in the Arts
Indeed where there is evidence of the spectacular, it is often the least important part of revival.The Calvary Road
It is the spectacular which more readily appeals to the Mexican.Mexico
Charles Reginald Enock
- of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
- unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending
- a lavishly produced performance
Word Origin and History for spectacular
1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.