- 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
- a weekly periodical (1711–12, 1714) issued by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele.
Related Words for spectatorobserver, viewer, bystander, fan, onlooker, theatergoer, looker, beholder, watcher, kibitzer, eyewitness, seer, witness, playgoer, clapper, perceiver, standee, looker-on, gaper, gazer
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Contemporary Examples of spectator
Boos came from some of the families and friends in the spectator seats.Cop Families Boo De Blasio at NYPD Graduation
December 30, 2014
These days, authoritative feminist discourse is no longer just a spectator sport.The Perils of Glitzy Celebrity Feminism Having a Moment
October 15, 2014
He breaks down the divide between himself, as performer, and the fan, as spectator.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
Then one daring, possibly planted, spectator interrupted the show to profess her crush.The Bachelor Farmville: No One Wants to Watch Chris Soules Plant His Seed
August 27, 2014
Through this, an active role is given to the spectator, who has inadvertently become an intrinsic part of the artwork.10 Works to See at the Armory Show in New York City
March 6, 2014
Historical Examples of spectator
She said, "The Spectator is not what it used to be in my father's time."Life and Death of Harriett Frean
Instead of trying to be the hero of his own history, he seeks to be the spectator of his own tragedy.De Profundis
I don't say who the man was, and I had nothing to do with the matter in any way except as a spectator.In the Midst of Alarms
But it is this peculiar difference which renders them interesting and charming to the spectator.Quaint Courtships
I used to turn as red as a poppy when I happened to meet the eye of some spectator.My Double Life
- a person viewing anything; onlooker; observer
Word Origin for spectator
Word Origin and History for spectator
1580s, from Latin spectator "viewer, watcher," from past participle stem of spectare "to view, watch" (see spectacle). Spectator sport is attested from 1943.