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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]

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From noun spectātor, from frequentative verb spectāre, watch, from perfect passive participle spectus, looked at, from verb specere, look at.


  • (UK) , /spɛkˈteɪtə/, /spEk"teIt@/
  • (US) , /ˈspɛkteɪtɚ/, /"spEkteIt@`/


  1. One who observes an event; an observer.
    The cheering spectators watched the fireworks.

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Extensive Definition

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.

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