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[spek-tey-ter, spek-tey-] /ˈspɛk teɪ tər, spɛkˈteɪ-/
a person who looks on or watches; onlooker; observer.
a person who is present at and views a spectacle, display, or the like; member of an audience.
Also called spectator shoe. a white shoe with a perforated wing tip and back trim, traditionally of dark brown, dark blue, or black but sometimes of a lighter color.
Origin of spectator
1580-90; < Latin spectātor, equivalent to spectā(re), frequentative of specere to look, regard + -tor -tor
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[spek-tuh-tawr-ee-uh l, -tohr-] /ˌspɛk təˈtɔr i əl, -ˈtoʊr-/ (Show IPA),

Spectator, The

a weekly periodical (1711–12, 1714) issued by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for spectator
  • These portable bleachers are ideal for any spectator event held in a park, parking lot or even indoors.
  • It was not my intention to advertise this as a spectator sport.
  • She read books about chess and became a regular spectator at tournaments.
  • Part of me was glad to be a spectator and part of me wanted to be going with them.
  • The other participant simply served as a spectator trial after trial.
  • If the spectator chooses the bottom card, you're done.
  • Somebody once said that democracy is not a spectator sport.
  • There's even a spectator mode in which you can even watch other players from all over the world compete.
  • What's interesting about this is that using a touch screen changes up the spectator tension originally present in the game.
  • The trophy is put on display and a spectator dashes across the pitch to try and pinch it.
British Dictionary definitions for spectator


a person viewing anything; onlooker; observer
Word Origin
C16: from Latin, from spectāre to watch; see spectacle
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Word Origin and History for spectator

1580s, from Latin spectator "viewer, watcher," from past participle stem of spectare "to view, watch" (see spectacle). Spectator sport is attested from 1943.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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