spectator

If you're watching something, you're a spectator. Football stadiums and circus tents are full of spectators.

The spectator is a particular kind of viewer; unlike a witness or an onlooker, they usually have chosen intentionally to regard the spectacle before them. Usually the word spectator refers to people watching games or "spectator sports," but you could be a spectator at any planned event. An easy way to remember this word is to think of spectacles, glasses used to view something clearly — both from the same Latin root spectare.

Primary Meanings of spectator

1.
n
a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)
2.
n
a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel
Full Definitions of spectator
1

n a close observer; someone who looks at something (such as an exhibition of some kind)

“the spectators applauded the performance”
Synonyms:
looker, viewer, watcher, witness
Types:
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browser
a viewer who looks around casually without seeking anything in particular
bystander
a nonparticipant spectator
cheerer
a spectator who shouts encouragement
eyewitness
a spectator who can describe what happened
gawker
a spectator who stares stupidly without intelligent awareness
motion-picture fan, moviegoer
someone who goes to see movies
ogler
a viewer who gives a flirtatious or lewd look at another person
looker-on, onlooker
someone who looks on
playgoer, theatergoer, theatregoer
someone who attends the theater
rubberneck, rubbernecker
a person who stares inquisitively
spy
a secret watcher; someone who secretly watches other people
starer
a viewer who gazes fixedly (often with hostility)
Peeping Tom, peeper, voyeur
a viewer who enjoys seeing the sex acts or sex organs of others
first-nighter
someone habitually a spectator at the openings of theatrical productions
groundling
in Elizabethan theater: a playgoer in the cheap standing section
snoop, snooper
a spy who makes uninvited inquiries into the private affairs of others
shadow, shadower, tail
a spy employed to follow someone and report their movements
Type of:
beholder, observer, perceiver, percipient
a person who becomes aware (of things or events) through the senses
2

n a woman's pump with medium heel; usually in contrasting colors for toe and heel

Synonyms:
spectator pump
Type of:
pump
a low-cut shoe without fastenings

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