Spectator Spec*ta"tor, n. [L. spectator: cf. F. spectateur. See {Spectacle}.] One who on; one who sees or beholds; a beholder; one who is personally present at, and sees, any exhibition; as, the spectators at a show. ``Devised and played to take spectators.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Looker-on; beholder; observer; witness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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