Definition of spectator sport in US English:

spectator sport


  • A sport that many people find entertaining to watch.

    • ‘By the end of the decade, stock-car racing had passed baseball and basketball as an American spectator sport.’
    • ‘As a spectator sport it beats all-in wrestling hands down!’
    • ‘Bullfights, a traditional spectator sport, came to the forefront.’
    • ‘In almost every country around the world, some code of football is the major spectator sport.’
    • ‘In addition to its popularity as a spectator sport, soccer is played by most Italians.’
    • ‘When he is not involved with his school, there is a little time for tennis and swimming, but for football, it is only a spectator sport.’
    • ‘Soccer, which is played at every school, is also the biggest spectator sport.’
    • ‘It is a spectator sport and is also played in the streets and open fields.’
    • ‘Football is both a spectator sport and a participation sport.’
    • ‘And skating is a great spectator sport, which draws in crowds.’
    • ‘There are soccer and basketball teams, and camel racing is a popular spectator sport.’
    • ‘‘Horse riding is a splendid spectator sport,’ Chang said.’
    • ‘Mixed martial arts is the fastest-growing spectator sport in North America, and even though it's only in its infancy in Alberta, the local promoters are seeing tremendous increases in interest.’
    • ‘He continues to manage the National Football League spectacularly, expanding globally and continuing to develop the top spectator sport in America.’
    • ‘Cycling was popular as a spectator sport in France, as football was in England.’
    • ‘Clearly this is the spectator sport in the United States.’
    • ‘Curling is probably the greatest spectator sport in the world!’
    • ‘The hope is the tournament will again make bridge a spectator sport, and the games are to be shown live on the internet.’
    • ‘It worked once, but by the 10th time, you wished that tennis had never evolved as a spectator sport.’
    • ‘The phenomenon has single-handedly turned golf into an international spectator sport.’


spectator sport

/ˈspɛkˌteɪdər spɔrt//ˈspekˌtādər spôrt/