- 1A visually striking performance or display: the acrobatic feats make a good spectacle [mass noun]: the show is pure spectacleMore example sentences
- Heather Taylor and Amy Chu produced and performed in the spectacle.
- A handful of other artists staged theatrical public spectacles, performances grounded in the sociologies of place and personality.
- Everywhere amazing spectacles were being performed, as crowds gathered and applauded the snake charmers, coal-walkers, and fire-eaters.
- 1.1An event or scene regarded in terms of its visual impact: the spectacle of a city’s mass griefMore example sentences
- But the unseemly scenes provided an entertaining spectacle for those drinking in the evening sun outside the pub.
- The two of them whooped and hollered some more; their wives sighed at the spectacle and regarded each other with love.
- It would be an odd spectacle, for two friends of opposite sex parading through the town on horses with no saddle.
make a spectacle of oneself
- Draw attention to oneself by behaving in a ridiculous way in public: she was making a spectacle of herself with her childish outburstMore example sentences
exhibition, laughing stock, fool, curiosity
- It could be us falling over and making a spectacle of ourselves in public.
- I was shy and preferred to not make a spectacle of myself in public places.
- I would like to try novel-writing, but I don't think I've got the confidence not to make a spectacle of myself.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin spectaculum 'public show', from spectare, frequentative of specere 'to look'.