spectator

[ spek-tey-ter, spek-tey- ]
/ ˈspɛk teɪ tər, spɛkˈteɪ- /

noun

a person who looks on or watches; onlooker; observer.
a person who is present at and views a spectacle, display, or the like; member of an audience.
Also called spectator shoe. a white shoe with a perforated wing tip and back trim, traditionally of dark brown, dark blue, or black but sometimes of a lighter color.

Origin of spectator

1580–90; < Latin spectātor, equivalent to spectā(re), frequentative of specere to look, regard + -tor -tor

OTHER WORDS FROM spectator

spec·ta·to·ri·al [spek-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌspɛk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective

Definition for spectator (2 of 2)

Spectator, The

noun

a weekly periodical (1711–12, 1714) issued by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
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British Dictionary definitions for spectator

spectator
/ (spɛkˈteɪtə) /

noun

a person viewing anything; onlooker; observer

Word Origin for spectator

C16: from Latin, from spectāre to watch; see spectacle
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