Definition of spectacular in English:



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

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

    • ‘The stage was being chaotically remodelled for the second spectacular of the evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 1930s became the classic decade of Imperial spectaculars.’
    • ‘Earlier this year, Ian was planning an operatic spectacular at Cardiff for 2003.’
    • ‘It is a spectacular in every sense, both for the many spectators and for the participating athletes.’
    • ‘They must decide later this year whether the Berkshire course can host the spectacular in spite of the building work.’
    • ‘Thousands of people will flock to Trowbridge park this weekend for a two-day musical spectacular.’
    • ‘Such is the popularity of the Sunday spectacular that the total number of people attending has now topped the 100,000 mark.’
    • ‘Level 4 is for special exhibitions, and for the launch it holds an anthology of contemporary art spectaculars.’
    • ‘Unhappily the 15,000 spectators on the first day of the August spectacular only caught a glimpse of them.’
    • ‘At least a further 30,000 braved rain on the second day to see the seafront spectacular.’
    • ‘It is a one-off spectacular, the UK's greatest performer re-defining who he is and what he can do.’
    • ‘Most have had a pretty miserable December so far, with one day spectaculars and discount weekends a familiar sight.’
    • ‘The wardrobe and make up artists had certainly gone to town to produce a colourful spectacular which was well appreciated by the audience.’
    • ‘It's the first time the theatre is hosting an ice spectacular.’
    • ‘Despite earlier concerns that there might not be a procession, many new faces ensured it was a musical and colourful spectacular.’
    • ‘So in the interests of an extreme spectacular, cross your fingers for wind, and watch out for flying kitesurfers.’
    • ‘Tom Russell said the sporting spectacular had helped kickstart a change in fortunes for the area.’
    • ‘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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Late 17th century: from spectacle, on the pattern of words such as oracular.