from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An observer of an event.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who observes an event; an observer.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who looks on; an onlooker or eyewitness; a beholder; especially, one of a company present at a spectacle of any kind: as, the spectators of or at a game or a drama.
  • n. Synonyms Looker-on, onlooker, observer, witness, by-stander. A person is said to be a spectator at a show, a bullfight, a wrestling-match; one of the audience at a lecture, a concert, the theater; and one of the congregation at church.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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


Latin spectātor, from spectāre, to watch; see spectacle.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin spectātor, from frequentative verb spectō ("watch"), from speciō ("look at"). (Wiktionary)


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