Definition of spectacular in English:

spectacular

adjective

  • 1Beautiful in a dramatic and eye-catching way.

    ‘spectacular mountain scenery’
    • ‘Madeira may have a sedate image but it does have dramatic scenery and spectacular blooms.’
    • ‘Alpine sports offer exhilaration and exercise in spectacular mountain settings.’
    • ‘Vietnam is renowned for its history, culture, spectacular scenery and the warm hospitality of its people.’
    • ‘She simply started taking photographs because the natural landscape and scenery was so spectacular.’
    • ‘She lives in a beautiful, large house in a spectacular setting.’
    • ‘While it makes for hard work for cyclists, the downland provides spectacular scenery that equals that of the dales and fells up north.’
    • ‘Some are ancient pools in the mountains, surrounded by trees and spectacular views.’
    • ‘While we had ridden this route last year, we knew it was a great ride with spectacular scenery.’
    • ‘While you catch your breath, you will see spectacular views of Philadelphia.’
    • ‘The whole back wall is full of colour which is very spectacular and very beautiful.’
    • ‘It really was a spectacular ring, flawless in clarity, and beautifully faceted.’
    • ‘The exhibits are quite spectacular and displayed beautifully in the purpose-built museum.’
    • ‘The people were as beautiful as the setting, and the setting was always spectacular.’
    • ‘The estate includes over 80 miles of paths through spectacular scenery.’
    • ‘A climb to the summit of Mount Sinai or Moses Mountain will provide spectacular scenes of the sunrise over Sinai.’
    • ‘They hiked part way up the mountain and beheld a spectacular view.’
    • ‘Only 75 miles from Glasgow, the Glencoe resort overlooks some of the most spectacular scenery in Britain.’
    • ‘The camera will also give us spectacular pictures of both the race and huge crowds.’
    • ‘Equally impressive were the spectacular views of both bays, with the rising waves crashing up against the sea walls.’
    • ‘Walkers will then turn right up the old disused famine road, across the spectacular and beautiful Lagan Hill.’
    striking, picturesque, eye-catching, breathtaking, arresting, amazing, glorious
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    1. 1.1 Strikingly large or obvious.
      ‘the party suffered a spectacular loss in the election’
      • ‘The demand for bigger and better fireworks along with louder and more spectacular ones has changed things dramatically.’
      • ‘On the other hand perhaps the most spectacular failure was that of Duke Robert the Magnificent of Normandy.’
      • ‘The camera enters rooms of spectacular opulence, where men and women converse.’
      • ‘He was obviously thinking I had done something spectacular while he was away.’
      • ‘Defeat in Germany was accompanied by spectacular losses overseas.’
      • ‘Some of his business failures were as spectacular as his lavish lifestyle, which was legendary.’
      • ‘Plane crashes make the headlines because they are spectacular and invariably involve major loss of life.’
      • ‘Having created this brave new world, I expect spectacular things of the sequels.’
      • ‘I had never in my life seen such a spectacular crowd so obviously dedicated to their team.’
      • ‘The entertainment lasted several days with fine banquets, jousting and spectacular firework displays.’
      • ‘Few, if any, of his contemporaries achieved such a spectacular rise as well as the dramatic reversals of fortune that he did.’
      • ‘Caroline's marriage to her cousin George, prince of Wales, in March 1795 was a spectacular disaster.’
      • ‘Meat prices are also to blame for his spectacular losses.’
      • ‘The flamboyant court of Burgundy was a spectacular expression of princely prestige and affluence.’
      • ‘House prices might have leapt up like startled kangaroos, but the growth in the value of the art market is truly spectacular.’
      • ‘When a fine wine is allowed to age spectacular changes can occur which increase both its complexity and monetary value.’
      • ‘The Orchard County had bloomed in spectacular fashion and delivered the finest crop in its history.’
      • ‘The spectacular results you see in the rich and famous can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.’
      • ‘The state is hosting a Day of Welcomes to celebrate this occasion with the Beautiful Night concert as a spectacular finale.’
      • ‘The reforms have achieved a spectacular increase in the proportion of our young adults who get some tertiary training.’
      impressive, magnificent, splendid, dazzling, sensational, stunning, dramatic, remarkable, outstanding, memorable, unforgettable, never to be forgotten, unique
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noun

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

    ‘French history was represented in a spectacular for tourists’
    • ‘It's the first time the theatre is hosting an ice spectacular.’
    • ‘Thousands of people will flock to Trowbridge park this weekend for a two-day musical spectacular.’
    • ‘Most have had a pretty miserable December so far, with one day spectaculars and discount weekends a familiar sight.’
    • ‘At least a further 30,000 braved rain on the second day to see the seafront spectacular.’
    • ‘A group of extrovert Otley men will be stripping for a very good cause at a fund-raising spectacular next month.’
    • ‘More than half a million seats have already been sold for the sporting spectacular in Manchester this summer.’
    • ‘Level 4 is for special exhibitions, and for the launch it holds an anthology of contemporary art spectaculars.’
    • ‘The 1930s became the classic decade of Imperial spectaculars.’
    • ‘Unhappily the 15,000 spectators on the first day of the August spectacular only caught a glimpse of them.’
    • ‘The stage was being chaotically remodelled for the second spectacular of the evening.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, Ian was planning an operatic spectacular at Cardiff for 2003.’
    • ‘So in the interests of an extreme spectacular, cross your fingers for wind, and watch out for flying kitesurfers.’
    • ‘Despite earlier concerns that there might not be a procession, many new faces ensured it was a musical and colourful spectacular.’
    • ‘It is a spectacular in every sense, both for the many spectators and for the participating athletes.’
    • ‘Such is the popularity of the Sunday spectacular that the total number of people attending has now topped the 100,000 mark.’
    • ‘Lydiard Park will fill with people and their picnics relaxing to the sounds of the Proms and the sights of the firework spectacular.’
    • ‘Tom Russell said the sporting spectacular had helped kickstart a change in fortunes for the area.’
    • ‘It is a one-off spectacular, the UK's greatest performer re-defining who he is and what he can do.’
    • ‘The wardrobe and make up artists had certainly gone to town to produce a colourful spectacular which was well appreciated by the audience.’
    • ‘They must decide later this year whether the Berkshire course can host the spectacular in spite of the building work.’
    extravaganza, display, spectacle, exhibition, performance, presentation, show, pageant
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

spectacular

/spɛkˈtakjʊlə/