spectacle etymology

French word spectacle comes from Proto-Indo-European *speḱ-, French spectare, and later Proto-Indo-European *spéḱyeti (To be looking at, to keep looking at.)

Detailed word origin of spectacle

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*speḱ- Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro)
spectare French (fra)
*spéḱyeti Proto-Indo-European (ine-pro) To be looking at, to keep looking at.
*spekjō Proto-Italic (itc-pro) To observe, to see.
spicere Latin (lat)
spectaculum Latin (lat) Public or civic event. Show, spectacle.
spectacle French (fra) A show, a spectacle, a performance, a concert. A sight, a showing, a display.

Words with the same origin as spectacle

Descendants of *speḱ-
aspect dépit espèce inspection perspicace prospectus respect respecter répit soupçon specimen spectaculaire spectateur spectre spécifier spécifique spéculatif spéculer suspect suspicion épice épicier épier évêque
Descendants of spectare
spectaculairement