Definition of spectacular in English:

spectacular

adjective

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

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

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

/spekˈtakyələr/