- 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.
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Origin of spectacle
OTHER WORDS FROM spectaclespec·ta·cle·less, adjectivespec·ta·cle·like, adjectivesu·per·spec·ta·cle, noun
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How to use spectacle in a sentence
This is not high production value YouTube, or YouTube driven by spectacle or personality.The Soothing Bento YouTube Videos That Will Inspire You to Get Back in the Kitchen|Meghan McCarron|January 15, 2021|Eater
More meta-comedy than action spectacle, it’s the rare superhero story that could potentially appeal to viewers, like me, whose eyes glaze over when battle scenes run longer than a few minutes.WandaVision Deserves the Hype. But It Penalizes Casual Marvel Viewers With Confusion|Judy Berman|January 14, 2021|Time
To be sure, the football spectacle changed to accommodate the realities of the war.This isn’t the first time Army played Navy in a moment of crisis|Randy Roberts|December 11, 2020|Washington Post
Wilkie speculated in an email that Takano was “laying the grounds for a spectacle.”
Signing now would help him avoid a spectacle this season and focus on basketball and his family, which have been his priorities throughout his career.The Bucks bungled free agency. Now they wait for Giannis Antetokounmpo to decide.|Ben Golliver|November 23, 2020|Washington Post
Even by the already money-drenched standards of American politics, the Eldridge campaign was a jaw-dropping spectacle to behold.The Rise and Fall of Chris Hughes and Sean Eldridge, America’s Worst Gay Power Couple|James Kirchick|December 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 1881, along came Bailey, operator of another circus, and two circuses joined to give rise to the first three-ring spectacle.We’re All Carnies Now: Why We Can’t Quit the Circus|Anthony Paletta|November 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Today, the quaint spectacle of a stage-managed fairy-tale celebration strikes many of us as a load of garbage.What Republicans Need Right Now Is a Good Internal Fight|James Poulos|November 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In the evening, St. Peter's and its accessories were illuminated—by far the most brilliant spectacle I ever saw.Glances at Europe|Horace Greeley
Thus all about us is the moving and shifting spectacle of riches and poverty, side by side, inextricable.The Unsolved Riddle of Social Justice|Stephen Leacock
Children, like uneducated adults, have been known to take a spectacle on the stage of a theatre too seriously.
No one has ever seen so strange a spectacle and I very much doubt if any one will ever see it again.Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
As pointed out above, the action in a child's play is not intended as a dramatic spectacle.