spectacular

[ spek-tak-yuh-ler ]
/ spɛkˈtæk yə lər /
||

adjective

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.

noun

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

1675–85; < Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1
SYNONYMS FOR spectacular
Related forms
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for unspectacular

British Dictionary definitions for unspectacular (1 of 2)

unspectacular

/ (ˌʌnspɛkˈtækjʊlə) /

adjective

not of or resembling a spectacle; unimpressivea steady if unspectacular performance

British Dictionary definitions for unspectacular (2 of 2)

spectacular

/ (spɛkˈtækjʊlə) /

adjective

of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
unusually marked or greata spectacular increase in spending

noun

a lavishly produced performance
Derived Formsspectacularly, adverb
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for unspectacular

spectacular


adj.

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper