1 a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind); "the spectators applauded the performance"; "television viewers"; "sky watchers discovered a new star" [syn: witness, viewer, watcher, looker]
2 a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel [syn: spectator pump]
EtymologyFrom noun spectātor, from frequentative verb spectāre, watch, from perfect passive participle spectus, looked at, from verb specere, look at.
Spectator defined as n. An observer of an event or person who looks on or watches; onlooker; observer.
The Spectator is the name of several publications.
- The Spectator (1711), which is the one most often meant in historical contexts, a British publication edited by Addison and Steele
- The Spectator (1828), a British weekly publication continuing as of 2008
- The Hamilton Spectator, a Hamilton, Ontario newspaper published since 1846
- Spectator (magazine), a free BDSM/sex newspaper in San Francisco, published from 1978 until 2005.
- Columbia Daily Spectator, the student newspaper of Columbia University
- the student newspaper of Stuyvesant High School
- the student newspaper of Lake Forest Academy
- the student newspaper of Hamilton College
- the student newspaper of Valdosta State University
- The Spectator was the name of the student humor magazine of St. John's University in Queens, New York. It is now known as the Spectator Humor Magazine.
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