Definition of spectator in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈspekˌtādər/


A person who watches at a show, game, or other event.
Example sentences
  • These have every appearance of being intended for the use of spectators watching sporting events.
  • She was a spectator, a spectator watching her life break apart before her eyes.
  • Most of the spectators were gathered watching his game, and I was glad that they could not see the dilemma I was in.
commentator, reporter, monitor
literary beholder



Pronunciation: /ˌspektəˈtôrēəl/
( rare)
Example sentences
  • We must question, however, the actual usefulness of such a characterization of spectatorial submission to the visual image of film.
  • The dancers no longer performed for the spectatorial look but rather, engaged with the crowd in immediate exchange.
  • He takes a protective but also frankly spectatorial interest in the lives of his tenants, following their dramas with the fascination of a soap opera addict.


Late 16th century: from French spectateur or Latin spectator, from spectare 'gaze at, observe' (see spectacle).

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Syllabification: spec·ta·tor

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