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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An observer of an event, especially a sports contest.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun 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 the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun One who observes an event; an observer.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Latin spectātor, from spectāre, to watch; see spectacle.]

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From Latin spectātor, from frequentative verb spectō ("watch"), from speciō ("look at").

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