- something resembling spectacles in shape or function.
- any of various devices suggesting spectacles, as one attached to a semaphore to display lights or different colors by colored glass.
Origin of spectacle
Examples from the Web for spectacle
Had they been in the West Bank, the spectacle would hardly have attracted notice.Intifada 3.0: Growing Unrest and a Plot to Kill an Israeli Minister|Creede Newton|November 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The plot of the film runs secondary to the spectacle, and is denser than a TED conference.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The resurrected vampire graves in particular have created quite a spectacle.
But the spectacle playing out on Pennsylvania is about more than one condemned inmate.
“I am not interested in just creating a spectacle of myself,” she says.
Entering the village, we saw a spectacle of wretchedness and misery seldom surpassed even on the banks of the Nile.Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th ed. Vol. 2 of 2|John Lloyd Stephens
People were diverted at sight of this, inferring from the number of coffins the greatness of the spectacle.Quo Vadis|Henryk Sienkiewicz
Yet it is difficult, too, not to enjoy the spectacle she offers with her young husband in her hand.The Widow Barnaby|Frances Trollope
It was a dreadful sight, and the two sailors, rough and wicked men though they were, were overcome by the spectacle.Frank Merriwell Down South|Burt L. Standish
The centre stood intent on the fight as on a spectacle which in no way concerned them.History of Rome, Vol III|Titus Livius
British Dictionary definitions for spectacle
Word Origin for spectacle
Word Origin and History for spectacle
mid-14c., "specially prepared or arranged display," from Old French spectacle, from Latin spectaculum "a show, spectacle," from spectare "to view, watch," frequentative form of specere "to look at," from PIE *spek- "to observe" (see scope (n.1)).