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a. Something that can be seen or viewed, especially something of a remarkable or impressive nature.
b. A public performance or display, especially one on a large or lavish scale.
c. A regrettable public display, as of bad behavior: drank too much and made a spectacle of himself.
2. spectacles
a. A pair of eyeglasses.
b. Something resembling eyeglasses in shape or suggesting them in function.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Latin spectāculum, from spectāre, to watch, frequentative of specere, to look at; see spek- in Indo-European roots.]


pl n
1. a pair of glasses for correcting defective vision. Often (informal) shortened to: specs
2. (Cricket) pair of spectacles cricket a score of 0 in each innings of a match


1. 'spectacle'

A spectacle is a sight or view which is remarkable or impressive.

I was confronted with an appalling spectacle.
She stood at the head of the stairs and surveyed the spectacle.
2. 'spectacles'

A person's spectacles are their glasses. Spectacles is a formal or old-fashioned word.

...a schoolteacher in horn-rimmed spectacles.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.spectacles - optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective visionspectacles - optical instrument consisting of a frame that holds a pair of lenses for correcting defective vision
bifocals - eyeglasses having two focal lengths, one for near vision and the other for far vision
nosepiece, bridge - the link between two lenses; rests on the nose
frame - the framework for a pair of eyeglasses
goggles - tight-fitting spectacles worn to protect the eyes
lorgnette - eyeglasses that are held to the eyes with a long handle
optical instrument - an instrument designed to aid vision
pince-nez - spectacles clipped to the nose by a spring
dark glasses, shades, sunglasses - spectacles that are darkened or polarized to protect the eyes from the glare of the sun; "he was wearing a pair of mirrored shades"
plural, plural form - the form of a word that is used to denote more than one
kính đeo mắt


[ˈspɛktəkəlz] npl (British)lunettes fpl


[ˈspɛktəklz] npl (Brit) → occhiali mpl


(ˈspektəklz) noun plural
glasses which a person wears to help his eyesight. a pair of spectacles.


نَظَّارَات brýle briller Brille γυαλιά gafas silmälasit lunettes naočale occhiali 眼鏡 안경 bril briller okulary óculos очки glasögon แว่นตา gözlük kính đeo mắt 眼镜


n., pl. lentes, espejuelos, gafas.
References in classic literature ?
Pickwick put on a pair of spectacles without any glass, rapped upon the table, hemmed, and having stared hard at Mr.
Grandfather put on silver-rimmed spectacles and read several Psalms.
She says a wedding is one of the most lamentable spectacles on earth.
During this eulogium on the rare production of his native poets, the stranger had drawn the book from his pocket, and fitting a pair of iron-rimmed spectacles to his nose, opened the volume with a care and veneration suited to its sacred purposes.
His eye rested on the shop-window, and putting up a pair of gold-bowed spectacles, which he held in his hand, he minutely surveyed Hepzibah's little arrangement of toys and commodities.
Sagaciously under their spectacles, did they peep into the holds of vessels Mighty was their fuss about little matters, and marvellous, sometimes, the obtuseness that allowed greater ones to slip between their fingers Whenever such a mischance occurred -- when a waggon-load of valuable merchandise had been smuggled ashore, at noonday, perhaps, and directly beneath their unsuspicious noses -- nothing could exceed the vigilance and alacrity with which they proceeded to lock, and double-lock, and secure with tape and sealing -- wax, all the avenues of the delinquent vessel.
His broad-brim was placed beside him; his legs were stiffly crossed; his drab vesture was buttoned up to his chin; and spectacles on nose, he seemed absorbed in reading from a ponderous volume.
At any rate, it is pleasant to read about whales through their own spectacles, as you may say.
The second violin is a Slovak, a tall, gaunt man with black- rimmed spectacles and the mute and patient look of an overdriven mule; he responds to the whip but feebly, and then always falls back into his old rut.
Wilson, for that was the old gentleman's name, rose up, and, after carefully adjusting his valise and umbrella, proceeded deliberately to take out his spectacles and fix them on his nose; and, this operation being performed, read as follows:
And I peeped out, and in a little while Tom's Aunt Polly shook herself loose and stood there looking across at Tom over her spectacles -- kind of grinding him into the earth, you know.
The old lady pulled her spectacles down and looked over them about the room; then she put them up and looked out under them.