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;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
< Latin spectācul(um
) (see spectacle
) + -ar1
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Related Words for spectacularitygreatness
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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.
But here in Golden, which had been his home, the spectacularity of his passing seemed to have had an even more profound effect.
British Dictionary definitions for spectacularity
of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending
Derived Formsspectacularly, adverb
a lavishly produced performance
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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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