Definition of spectator in English:

spectator

Line breaks: spec|ta¦tor
Pronunciation: /spɛkˈteɪtə
 
/

noun

A person who watches at a show, game, or other event: around fifteen thousand spectators came to watch the thrills and spills
More 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.
Synonyms

Origin

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

Derivatives

spectatorial

Pronunciation: /-təˈtɔːrɪəl/
adjective
More 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.

spectatorship

noun
More example sentences
  • Does ‘our culture of spectatorship neutralise the moral force of photographs of atrocities’?
  • This form of spectatorship contrasts sharply with the interactive performances found in rural villages where most of these maskers normally appear.
  • Within the context of this film, which wilfully denies many of the conventional pleasures of cinema spectatorship, such moments are genuinely transcendent.

Definition of spectator in:

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day humoresque
Pronunciation: ˌ(h)yo͞oməˈresk
noun
a short, lively piece of music