One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who watches at a show, game, or other event.
onlooker, watcher, looker-on, fly on the wall, viewer, observer, witness, eyewitness, bystander, non-participant, sightseerView synonyms
- ‘She was a spectator, a spectator watching her life break apart before her eyes.’
- ‘Quite a few local enthusiasts and spectators enjoy this event and let's hope the sun shines that day.’
- ‘In this sense the spectator is doubly positioned as an onlooker outside the text.’
- ‘He could not contain disappointment that there were no spectators at the event.’
- ‘The driving snow meant that conditions were far from ideal, but a fiery game warmed players and spectators alike.’
- ‘These have every appearance of being intended for the use of spectators watching sporting events.’
- ‘He took her arm, leading her back to the tape, where curious spectators watched.’
- ‘For the first time in years I attended a championship match not as a reporter but as a spectator.’
- ‘The possibility also exists that more spectators will be outside the gates demonstrating.’
- ‘I do not consider that the enjoyment of the game by players or spectators would be lessened.’
- ‘The thousands of spectators lining the fairway fell into an awkward silence, all eyes on me.’
- ‘The spectators had been watching the game, unaware of the crown forces outside the park.’
- ‘With both teams willing to play fast open rugby, spectators were treated to a great game.’
- ‘Most of the spectators were gathered watching his game, and I was glad that they could not see the dilemma I was in.’
- ‘Reports say that thousands of eager spectators are descending on the town in anticipation of the event.’
- ‘How long can we remain as informed spectators on the sideline watching such tragedy unfold before our eyes?’
- ‘She concedes, though, that her interest in football is as much about the spectators as about the game itself.’
- ‘This is just as much a game for spectators as it is for the person actually playing it.’
- ‘It was as if my trip had become a movie and I was a spectator watching.’
- ‘I watched them like a spectator at a tennis match as the ball went from one court to the other.’
Late 16th century: from French spectateur or Latin spectator, from spectare ‘gaze at, observe’ (see spectacle).
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