Spectacular is both a noun and an adjective. The noun spectacular refers to a big, beautiful production, like a play or musical performance that has a huge cast and many dance numbers.

As an adjective, spectacular has the same quality of being over-the-top, like a spectacular restaurant with excellent food, celebrities at all the table and a gigantic waterfall along one wall. If something is spectacular, it seems like a rare feat, a real stop-and-stare moment. That's why it can also be associated with drama, or making a spectacle or scene, like a spectacular argument you witness out on the street.

Definitions of spectacular
  1. adjective
    sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect
    “a spectacular display of northern lights”
    “it was a spectacular play”
    synonyms: dramatic, striking
    making a strong or vivid impression
  2. adjective
    characteristic of spectacles or drama
    spectacular dives from the cliff”
    suitable to or characteristic of drama
  3. adjective
    having a quality that thrusts itself into attention
    “a spectacular rise in prices”
    synonyms: outstanding, prominent, salient, striking
    obvious to the eye or mind
  4. noun
    a lavishly produced performance
    “they put on a Christmas spectacular
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    type of:
    performance, public presentation
    a dramatic or musical entertainment
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