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

1675–85; < Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1
Related formsspec·tac·u·lar·i·ty [spek-tak-yuh-lar-i-tee] /spɛkˌtæk yəˈlær ɪ ti/, spec·tac·u·lar·ism, nounspec·tac·u·lar·ly, adverbnon·spec·tac·u·lar, adjectivenon·spec·tac·u·lar·ly, adverbun·spec·tac·u·lar, adjectiveun·spec·tac·u·lar·ly, adverb

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of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending


a lavishly produced performance
Derived Formsspectacularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spectacular

1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.

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