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.

Nearby words

  1. spect,
  2. spectacle,
  3. spectacled,
  4. spectacled cobra,
  5. spectacles,
  6. spectate,
  7. spectator,
  8. spectator pump,
  9. spectator sport,
  10. spectator, the

Origin of spectacular

1675–85; < Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1

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British Dictionary definitions for spectacularly



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 spectacularly



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

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