[ spek-tak-yuh-ler ]
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  1. of or like a spectacle; marked by or given to an impressive, large-scale display.

  2. dramatically daring or thrilling: a spectacular dive from a cliff.

  1. a single television production featuring well-known performers and characterized by elaborate sets, costumes, staging, etc.: Compare special (def. 14).

  2. an impressive, large-scale display: another Hollywood spectacular.

Origin of spectacular

First recorded in 1675–85; from Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1

Other words for spectacular

Other words from spectacular

  • spec·tac·u·lar·i·ty [spek-tak-yuh-lar-i-tee], /spɛkˌtæk yəˈlær ɪ ti/, spec·tac·u·lar·ism, noun
  • spec·tac·u·lar·ly, adverb
  • non·spec·tac·u·lar, adjective
  • non·spec·tac·u·lar·ly, adverb
  • un·spec·tac·u·lar, adjective
  • un·spec·tac·u·lar·ly, adverb

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How to use spectacular in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for spectacular


/ (spɛkˈtækjʊlə) /

  1. of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic

  2. unusually marked or great: a spectacular increase in spending

  1. a lavishly produced performance

Derived forms of spectacular

  • spectacularly, adverb

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