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spectator

noun

  1. (perceiver)  a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
    Synonyms: looker, viewer, watcher, witness. Type of: perceiver
  2. (pump)  a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel
    Synonyms: spectator pump, spectator shoe. Type of: pump

Etymology summary

Latin spectator "viewer, watcher", from past participle stem of spectare "to...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wiktionary:

spectator | spectators [plural] | spectatour [obsolete] | onlooker | onlookers [plural] | bystander [plural]

One who observes an event; an observer. (7 of 48 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spectator

Collins Dictionary:

spectator | onlooker [synonym] | observer [synonym]

a person viewing anything; onlooker; observer (6 of 382 words, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spectators

Wikipedia:

Spectator [disambiguation] | The Spectator

may refer to: The American Spectator, a U.S. conservative political magazine | American Spectator (literary magazine), a literary magazine published from 1932 to 1937 | The Spectator (1711), a British publication edited by Addison and Steele | The ... (35 of 202 words, 14 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Spectator

Merriam-Webster:

spectator | bystander [synonym, sense-specific] | observer [synonym, sense-specific] | onlooker [synonym, sense-specific] | viewer [synonym, sense-specific] | watcher [synonym, sense-specific] | eyewitness [similar, sense-specific] | witness [similar, sense-specific] | peeper [similar, sense-specific] | ...

one who looks on or watches | a woman's pump usually having contrasting colors with a perforated design at the toe and sometimes heel (23 of 106 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/spectator

Oxford Dictionary:

spectator | spectatorial [derived] | spectatorship [derived]

a person who watches at a show, game, or other event (11 of 79 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spectator

Random House Dictionary:

spectator | The Spectator | spectator shoe [synonym, sense-specific]

a person who looks on or watches; onlooker; observer. | a person who is present at and views a spectacle, display, or the like; member of an audience. ... (27 of 79 words, 4 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/spectator

Macmillan British Dictionary:

spectator [countable] | spectators [plural]

someone who watches a public activity or event, especially a sports event (12 of 47 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spectator

New World Dictionary:

spectator | spectatorship [noun, related]

a person who sees or watches something without taking an active part; onlooker | a woman's shoe having two contrasting colors and with the toe and ... (25 of 46 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spectator

Cambridge Dictionary:

spectator

a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part (13 of 29 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spectator

American Heritage Dictionary:

spectator | spectatorial [adjective, related] | spectatorship [noun, related]

An observer of an event. (5 of 24 words, pronunciations)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spectator

Encarta Dictionary:

spectator | spectators [plural]

somebody who watches or observes, especially somebody who watches an activity or event | Same as spectator shoe (17 of 64 words, 2 definitions, pronunciations)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711456​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

spectator

First use: 1580s

Origin: Latin spectator "viewer, watcher", from past participle stem of spectare "to view, watch". Spectator sport is attested from 1943.

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=spectator

Oxford Dictionary:

spectator

First use: late 16th century

Origin: French spectateur or Latin spectator, from spectare "gaze at, observe" (see "spectacle")

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/spectator

Wiktionary:

spectator | spectators [plural] | spectatour [obsolete]

Origin: Latin spectātor, from frequentative verb spectō ("watch"), from speciō ("look at").

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spectator

Collins Dictionary:

spectator

First use: 16th century

Origin: from Latin, from spectāre to watch; see spectacle

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spectator

New World Dictionary:

spectator

Origin: Latin from past participle of spectare, to behold: see "spectacle"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spectator

American Heritage Dictionary:

spectator

Origin: Latin spectātor, from spectāre, to watch; see "spectacle".

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spectator

Merriam-Webster:

spectator

First use: about 1586

Origin: Latin, from spectare to watch

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/spectator

Encarta Dictionary:

spectator | spectators [plural]

First use: Late 16th century

Origin: Directly or via French from Latin from spectare "to watch"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861711456​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

spectator | spectators [plural] | spectatour [obsolete]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spectator"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/spectator

Collins Dictionary:

spectator

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spectator"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/spectator

Macmillan American Dictionary:

spectator [countable] | spectators [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spectator"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/spectator

Macmillan British Dictionary:

spectator [countable] | spectators [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "spectator"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/spectator

Cambridge Dictionary:

spectator

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "spectator"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "spectator"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/spectator

the Free Dictionary:

spectator

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "spectator"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "spectator"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "spectator" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/spectator

Google Dictionary:

spectator | spectators [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "spectator"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=spectator

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

spectator

Audio: North American pronunciation of "spectator"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=specta​05 word=spectator

YourDictionary Audio:

spectator

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spectator" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/spectator

freedictionary.org:

spectator

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "spectator" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=spectator

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