• An exciting or extraordinary scene, exhibition, performance etc.
  • An embarrassing or unedifying scene or situation.
  • An optical instrument consisting of two lenses set in a light frame, worn to assist sight, or to protect the eyes from bright light.
  • Something that helps understanding.
  • A spyglass; a looking-glass.
  • The brille of a snake.
  • A frame with different coloured lenses on a semaphore signal through which light from a lamp shines at night, often a part of the signal arm.


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  • From Middle English spectacle, from French spectacle, from Latin spectāculum ("a show, spectacle"), from spectō, frequentative of speciō. See species.

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