spec·ta·cle /ˈspɛktɪkəl ||ˌtɪkəl/
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.
O, piteous spectacle? O, bloody times! --Shak.
2. A spy-glass; a looking-glass. [Obs.]
Poverty a spectacle is, as thinketh me,
Through which he may his very friends see. --Chaucer.
3. pl. 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. pl. Fig.: An aid to the intellectual sight.
Shakespeare . . . needed not the spectacles of books to read nature. --Dryden.
Syn: -- Show; sight; exhibition; representation; pageant.
n 1: something or someone seen (especially a notable or unusual
sight); "the tragic spectacle of cripples trying to
2: an elaborate and remarkable display on a lavish scale
3: a blunder that makes you look ridiculous; used in the phrase
`make a spectacle of' yourself