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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin spectaculum, from spectare; SPECTATOR

spectacle

noun
     
spec‧ta‧cle [countable]
1 a very impressive show or scene:
a multimedia dance and opera spectacle
2 [usually singular] an unusual or interesting thing or situation that you see or notice - used especially in order to show disapproval:
The trial was turned into a public spectacle.
spectacle of
the spectacle of drunken young men on the streets
spectacle
3

spectacles

[plural] formal or old-fashioned glasses that help you see
4

make a spectacle of yourself

to behave in an embarrassing way that is likely to make other people notice you and laugh at you

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