spectator Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
    viewer; looker; witness; watcher.
    • the spectators applauded the performance
    • television viewers
    • sky watchers discovered a new star
  2. noun a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel
    spectator pump.


Spec*ta"tor noun
L. spectator: cf. F. spectateur. See Spectacle.
  1. One who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition; as, the spectators at a show. "Devised and played to take spectators." an eyewitness Shak. Syn. -- Looker-on; beholder; observer; witness.

Webster 1913