spectacular Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a lavishly produced performance
    • they put on a Christmas spectacular
  2. adjective satellite sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    dramatic; striking.
    • a dramatic sunset
    • a dramatic pause
    • a spectacular display of northern lights
    • it was a spectacular play
    • his striking good looks always created a sensation
  3. adjective satellite characteristic of spectacles or drama
    • spectacular dives from the cliff
  4. adjective satellite having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
    striking; salient; prominent; outstanding.
    • an outstanding fact of our time is that nations poisoned by anti semitism proved less fortunate in regard to their own freedom
    • a new theory is the most prominent feature of the book
    • salient traits
    • a spectacular rise in prices
    • a striking thing about Picadilly Circus is the statue of Eros in the center
    • a striking resemblance between parent and child


Spec*tac"u*lar adjective
  1. Of or pertaining to a shows; of the nature of a show. "Spectacular sports." G. Hickes.
  2. Adapted to excite wonder and admiration by a display of pomp or of scenic effects; as, a spectacular celebration of some event; a spectacular play.
  3. Pertaining to spectacles, or glasses for the eyes. 4. Unusual and striking.

Webster 1913