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Etymology

From Old French spectacle.

Noun

Singular
spectacle

Plural
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  1. Something exhibited to view; usually, something presented to view as extraordinary, or as unusual and worthy of special notice; a remarkable or noteworthy sight; a show; a pageant; a gazingstock.
  2. (obsolete) A spyglass; a looking-glass.
    • Chaucer
      Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me, Through which he may his very friends see.
  3. (usually Template loop detected: Template:context 1) An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, and worn to assist sight, to obviate some defect in the organs of vision, or to shield the eyes from bright light.
  4. (figuratively) An aid to the intellectual sight.

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French

Etymology

From [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:fr:Template:lang:la derivations]] spectaculum, from spectare "to look".

Pronunciation

Noun

spectacle m. (plural spectacles)

  1. show
  2. spectacle

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