[ spek-tey-ter, spek-tey- ]
/ ˈspɛk teɪ tər, spɛkˈteɪ- /
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.
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Origin of spectator
1580–90; < Latin spectātor, equivalent to spectā(re), frequentative of specere to look, regard + -tor -tor
OTHER WORDS FROM spectatorspec·ta·to·ri·al [spek-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌspɛk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for spectatorial
/ (spɛkˈteɪtə) /
a person viewing anything; onlooker; observer
Word Origin for spectator
C16: from Latin, from spectāre to watch; see spectacle
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