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

Synonyms for spectacular

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Examples from the Web for spectacularity

Historical Examples of spectacularity

  • Nature's spectacularity diverted him, as if he had been a child, from his own affairs, which seemed to give him a dull pain.

    The Debtor

    Mary E. Wilkins Freeman

  • But here in Golden, which had been his home, the spectacularity of his passing seemed to have had an even more profound effect.

    Down the Columbia

    Lewis R. Freeman

British Dictionary definitions for spectacularity



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 spectacularity



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

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