- 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
Synonyms for spectacle
Related Words for spectaclesglasses, monocle, sunglasses, contacts, pince-nez, shades, specs, blinkers, goggles, lorgnette, bifocals, trifocals
Examples from the Web for spectacles
Contemporary Examples of spectacles
And suicide is just one of the many shocking 4chan spectacles, which range from bullying to stripping to killing pets on camera.More Shocking Than Online Suicides Are the Crowds Who Clamor to Watch
December 10, 2013
Of course, other recent royal pageants and spectacles have been something of a mixed bag, economically speaking.The Royal Baby Is Already Making Britain Better
July 22, 2013
Other young men play sports and watch them; Tamim simply bought the spectacles and events themselves.Qatar’s Succession Drama
June 25, 2013
These spectacles are planned with aching attention to detail.Disorder of the Garter
June 14, 2012
As he peers over his spectacles, Leveson is a big predatory cat that beguiles as he smiles.Curtains for Murdoch
April 23, 2012
Historical Examples of spectacles
I fancied her ladyship in spectacles, with little side curls.Malbone
Thomas Wentworth Higginson
The teacher sunk into a chair, and put his spectacles on his nose.Rico and Wiseli
The other turned his spectacles upon Ossipon like a pair of searchlights.The Secret Agent
Now I was provided with the book, I could not read for want of spectacles.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Bonnet, false front, and spectacles were tossed in a tumultuous pile.Tiverton Tales
Word Origin for spectacle
"glass lenses to help a person's sight," early 15c., from plural of 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)).