[ spek-tak-yuh-ler ]
/ spɛkˈtæk yə lər /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM spectacular

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Examples from the Web for spectacularity

  • 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
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for spectacularity

/ (spɛkˈtækjʊlə) /


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


a lavishly produced performance

Derived forms of spectacular

spectacularly, adverb
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