• (RP) IPA: /spɛkˈtæk.jʊ.lə/
  • (GA) IPA: /spɛkˈtæk.jə.lɚ/


  1. Amazing or worthy of special notice.
    The parachutists were spectacular.
  2. (dated) Related to, or having the character of, a spectacle or entertainment.
    the merely spectacular
    • 1681, George Hickes, “A Sermon Preached before the Lord Mayor, Aldermen, and Citizens of London”:
      The like clamour, and outcry, the Rabble of the unbelieving Jews and Gentiles made againſt Polycarp Biſhop of Smyrna, at the time of his Martyrdom. crying out againſt him to the Governour, that he ſhould caſt him to the Lyons, and when he anſwered them he could not, becauſe the Spectacular ſports were concluded, then they cry’d out, Burn him, burn him, juſt as the Jews cryed out againſt Chriſt to Pilate, Crucify him, crucify him.
  3. Relating to spectacles, or glasses for the eyes.
Related terms Translations Translations
  • Russian: зре́лищный

spectacular (plural spectaculars)

  1. A spectacular display.
    • 2010, "Under the volcano", The Economist, 16 Oct 2010:
      Though business has more or less held up so far, a series of drug-related spectaculars sparked an exodus of the city's upper class this summer.
  2. (advertising) A pop-up folded paper element in material sent by postal mail.
    • 1966, Hanley Norins, The Compleat Copywriter
      Here are a few examples of "spectaculars," or three-dimensional pieces, including those which have won awards […]

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