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

adj sensational in appearance or thrilling in effect

“a spectacular display of northern lights”
“it was a spectacular play”
dramatic, striking
making a strong or vivid impression

adj characteristic of spectacles or drama

spectacular dives from the cliff”
suitable to or characteristic of drama

adj having a quality that thrusts itself into attention

“a spectacular rise in prices”
outstanding, prominent, salient, striking
obvious to the eye or mind

n a lavishly produced performance

“they put on a Christmas spectacular
Type of:
performance, public presentation
a dramatic or musical entertainment

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