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spectacular

Syllabification: spec·tac·u·lar
Pronunciation: /spekˈtakyələr
 
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Definition of spectacular in English:

adjective

1Beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way: spectacular mountain scenery
More example sentences
  • Madeira may have a sedate image but it does have dramatic scenery and spectacular blooms.
  • The exhibits are quite spectacular and displayed beautifully in the purpose-built museum.
  • The whole back wall is full of colour which is very spectacular and very beautiful.
Synonyms
striking, picturesque, eye-catching, breathtaking, arresting, glorious
informal out of this world
1.1Strikingly large or obvious: the party suffered a spectacular loss in the election
More example sentences
  • Meat prices are also to blame for his spectacular losses.
  • Defeat in Germany was accompanied by spectacular losses overseas.
  • I had never in my life seen such a spectacular crowd so obviously dedicated to their team.
Synonyms
impressive, magnificent, splendid, dazzling, sensational, dramatic, remarkable, outstanding, memorable, unforgettable

noun

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An event such as a pageant or musical, produced on a large scale and with striking effects.
Example sentences
  • The 1930s became the classic decade of Imperial spectaculars.
  • Level 4 is for special exhibitions, and for the launch it holds an anthology of contemporary art spectaculars.
  • Most have had a pretty miserable December so far, with one day spectaculars and discount weekends a familiar sight.

Origin

late 17th century: from spectacle, on the pattern of words such as oracular.

Derivatives

spectacularly

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The number of companies and the capital they controlled grew spectacularly almost everywhere except in Western Europe.
  • This stupendous sum has failed spectacularly to improve the lot of its intended beneficiaries.
  • In the US, congressional oversight has just failed spectacularly to provide solutions.

Words that rhyme with spectacular

Dracula, facula, oracular, vernacular

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