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spectacular

[spek-tak-yuh-ler] /spɛkˈtæk yə lər/
adjective
1.
of or like a spectacle; marked by or given to an impressive, large-scale display.
2.
dramatically daring or thrilling:
a spectacular dive from a cliff.
noun
3.
a single television production featuring well-known performers and characterized by elaborate sets, costumes, staging, etc.
Compare special (def 14).
4.
an impressive, large-scale display:
another Hollywood spectacular.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; < Latin spectācul(um) (see spectacle) + -ar1
Related forms
spectacularity
[spek-tak-yuh-lar-i-tee] /spɛkˌtæk yəˈlær ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
spectacularism, noun
spectacularly, adverb
nonspectacular, adjective
nonspectacularly, adverb
unspectacular, adjective
unspectacularly, adverb
Synonyms
2. hair-raising, dramatic, breathtaking.
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British Dictionary definitions for spectacular

spectacular

/spɛkˈtækjʊlə/
adjective
1.
of or resembling a spectacle; impressive, grand, or dramatic
2.
unusually marked or great: a spectacular increase in spending
noun
3.
a lavishly produced performance
Derived Forms
spectacularly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for spectacular
adj.

1680s, from Latin spectaculum (see spectacle). As a noun, first attested 1890. Related: Spectacularly.

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