noun (C)
1 a very impressive show or scene: The military parade was a magnificent spectacle.
2 (usually singular) an unusual thing or situation to be seen or noticed
(+ of): the curious spectacle of a cat actually chasing a dog
3 make a spectacle of yourself to behave in a way that is likely to make other people notice you and laugh at you
4 spectacles plural formal two pieces of round glass in a frame, worn in front of your eyes to help you to see clearly; glasses (glass1 (3))
—see also: see the world through rose-coloured spectacles rose­coloured (2)

Longman dictionary of contemporary English. 2004.

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