Definition of spectacular in English:


Syllabification: spec·tac·u·lar
Pronunciation: /spekˈtakyələr


  • 1Beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way: spectacular mountain scenery
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    • 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.
    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
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    • 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.
    impressive, magnificent, splendid, dazzling, sensational, dramatic, remarkable, outstanding, memorable, unforgettable


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  • An event such as a pageant or musical, produced on a large scale and with striking effects.
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    • 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.



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  • 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.


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

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