- 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
Synonyms for spectacular
Examples from the Web for unspectacular
Contemporary Examples of unspectacular
Meanwhile, Gonzaga has done what it always seems to do: play solid (if unspectacular) basketball all season long.March Madness: 5 Games to Watch
March 20, 2014
The actor's bizarre interlude essentially negated a solid if unspectacular performance by the Republican nominee for president.Romney Camp Defends Eastwood
August 31, 2012
Historical Examples of unspectacular
There was an unusual amount of press interest in what might have seemed a routine and unspectacular hearing.The Great Gray Plague
Raymond F. Jones
She wasn't much to look at—not ugly, just small, brunette, and unspectacular—but she was a supernova of an assistant.Industrial Revolution
Poul William Anderson
Kenwick watching her, felt a little cheated by the unspectacular quality of her technic.The Rest Hollow Mystery
Rebecca N. Porter
Because of my guru's unspectacular guise, only a few of his contemporaries recognized him as a superman.Autobiography of a YOGI
- not of or resembling a spectacle; unimpressivea steady if unspectacular performance
- of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
- unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending
- a lavishly produced performance
Word Origin and History for unspectacular
1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.