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noun British English pronunciation: spectacle /ˈspektək(ə)l/ 
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singularspectacle
pluralspectacles
  1. [countable/uncountable] an unusual, exciting, or impressive event or sight

    Watching a lion chase its prey is one of nature's most exciting spectacles.

    1. a.
      [countable/uncountable] an exciting and impressive public event or performance

      We present the world's finest racing drivers in a spectacle of great daring and skill.

    2. b.
      [countable] an embarrassing event

      Congress is keen to avoid the spectacle of sending government workers home.

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