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You cannot say, 'Go! Go! Rah! Rah! Good move!' People want some emotion. Chess is an art and not a spectator sport.
Garry Kasparov

Meaning of "spectator sport" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF SPECTATOR SPORT

spectator sport play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF SPECTATOR SPORT

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Spectator sport is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES SPECTATOR SPORT MEAN IN ENGLISH?

spectator sport

Spectator sport

A spectator sport is a sport that is characterized by the presence of spectators, or watchers, at its matches. For instance, American football, association football, baseball, basketball, Canadian football, cricket, field hockey, Formula One, ice hockey, rugby league, rugby union, team handball and volleyball are spectator sports, while hunting or underwater hockey typically are not. Spectator sports may be professional sports or amateur sports. They often are distinguished from participant sports, which are more recreational; golf and tennis can be either. Association football, also known as soccer, is by far the most watched sport on the planet. Spectator sports require venues or sometimes stadiums in which the fans may observe a game or event. The largest such facility on earth is the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and thus is host to the greatest spectacle in all of sports every year, the Indy 500, with a single day attendance at 400,000.

Definition of spectator sport in the English dictionary

The definition of spectator sport in the dictionary is a sport that attracts more people as spectators than as participants.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE SPECTATOR SPORT

spectacle
spectacle case
spectacled
spectacles
spectacular
spectacularity
spectacularly
spectate
spectator
spectatorial
spectatorship
spectatrices
spectatrix
spectinomycin
Spector
spectra
spectral
spectral class
spectral luminous efficiency
spectral type

WORDS THAT END LIKE SPECTATOR SPORT

active transport
airport
asport
blood sport
bulk transport
container transport
disport
electron transport
extreme sport
Gosport
means of transport
membrane transport
multisport
passport
public transport
rail transport
road transport
spoilsport
sport
team sport
transport

Synonyms and antonyms of spectator sport in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «spectator sport» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF SPECTATOR SPORT

Find out the translation of spectator sport to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of spectator sport from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «spectator sport» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

体育比赛
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

deporte para espectadores
570 millions of speakers

English

spectator sport
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

दर्शक खेल
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الرياضة المتفرج
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

зрелищный вид спорта
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

esporte de espectador
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

দর্শক সমাগমের খেলা
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

sport-spectacle
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Sukan penonton
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

Zuschauersport
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

観戦スポーツ
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

스포츠 경기
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Olahraga penonton
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

khán giả thể thao
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

பார்வையாளர் விளையாட்டு
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

प्रेक्षकांसाठी खेळ
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

gösteri sporu
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

spettatore di sport
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

sportem
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

видовищний вид спорту
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

spectator sport
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

άθλημα των θεατών
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

toeskouersport
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

publiksport
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

tilskuersport
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of spectator sport

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «SPECTATOR SPORT»

The term «spectator sport» is quite widely used and occupies the 45.656 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «SPECTATOR SPORT» OVER TIME

The graph expresses the annual evolution of the frequency of use of the word «spectator sport» during the past 500 years. Its implementation is based on analysing how often the term «spectator sport» appears in digitalised printed sources in English between the year 1500 and the present day.

Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about spectator sport

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3 QUOTES WITH «SPECTATOR SPORT»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word spectator sport.
1
Garry Kasparov
You cannot say, 'Go! Go! Rah! Rah! Good move!' People want some emotion. Chess is an art and not a spectator sport.
2
Parker Palmer
We have been deformed by educational and religious institutions that treat us as members of an audience instead of actors in a drama, so we become adults who treat democracy as a spectator sport.
3
Frederik Pohl
I'm doing a book, 'Chasing Science,' about the pleasures of science as a spectator sport.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «SPECTATOR SPORT»

Discover the use of spectator sport in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to spectator sport and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
1
Statistics: A Spectator Sport
Popular in its first edition with researchers and practitioners and widely adopted for undergraduate courses, the new second edition of Statistics: A Spectator Sport continues to give readers a conceptual understanding of statistics without ...
Richard M. Jaeger, 1990
2
Democracy Is Not a Spectator Sport: The Ultimate Volunteer ...
Previous eds. titled: Make a difference.
Arthur Blaustein, 2011
3
Chasing Science: Science as a Spectator Sport
Traces the author's ongoing fascination with science as observed in museums, national laboratories, and the heart of a volcano, in an updated edition by the editor of Worlds of SF and Galaxy magazines. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
Frederik Pohl, 2003
4
Mathematics Is Not a Spectator Sport
This book is intended for those beginning their study of mathematics at the university level, as well as the general reader who would like to learn more about what it means to "do" mathematics.
George Phillips, 2005
5
Sponsorship is Not a Spectator Sport!: The Art of ...
Delivering successful projects is an ongoing struggle for the majority of companies and during Iain's training courses the emphasis is always on how to achieve and then maintain success - this book follows the same theme.
Iain Begg, 2009
6
Serious Fun: A History of Spectator Sport in the USSR
In Serious Fun, Robert Edelman provides the first history of any aspect of Soviet sports, covering the most popular spectator attractions from 1917 up to the end of the Soviet Union in 1991.
Rob Edelman, 1993
7
Pedestrianism: When Watching People Walk Was America's ...
In many ways, pedestrianism marked the beginning of modern spectator sports in the United States. Matthew Algeo is the author of Harry Truman's Excellent Adventure, The President Is a Sick Man, and Last Team Standing.
Matthew Algeo, 2014
8
Floodlights and Touchlines: A History of Spectator Sport
Insightful and revelatory, this is an entertaining exploration of spectator sports intrinsic place in culture and how sport imitates life and life imitates sport.
Rob Steen, 2014
9
The People Speak: Democracy is not a Spectator Sport
Here are their stories, letters, speeches and songs, from the Peasants Revolt to the Suffragettes to the anti-war demonstrators of today. They are some of the most powerful words in our history.
Colin Firth, Anthony Arnove, 2012
10
Examining the Values Associated with Spectator Sports and ...
The unclear positive relationship means that a personal value can be positively achieved through spectator sport consumption. However, it is not clear which value type associated with spectator sports the personal value can be assigned to.
Li-Shiue Gau, 2007

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «SPECTATOR SPORT»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term spectator sport is used in the context of the following news items.
1
Trailheads: Parades need not be spectator sport
And now it's over spectator sports! They've done it again! Finished the day without major mishap and received their anticipated acclaim. The only thing the ... «Arizona Daily Sun, Jun 15»
2
Women's football: still not a spectator sport
But, while there has been exponential growth in women's football as a participation sport, it is still yet to take off as a spectator sport. Although attendances are ... «Spiked, Jun 15»
3
Customer Service as a Spectator Sport Is About to End
Customer service in the age of social media has largely become a spectator sport—conducted in public for the delight and disdain of friends and followers. «TIME, Jun 15»
4
Moves to make chess more accessible to spectators
Moves to make chess more accessible to spectators ... (MIT) Media Lab are trying to turn chess into a spectator sport like American football or poker. The group ... «BBC News, Feb 15»
5
Videogames: The Ultimate Spectator Sport?
Throngs of fans are showing up for live-gaming tournaments that are often held in major sporting venues around the country; some 10,000 spectators came out ... «Wall Street Journal, Feb 15»
6
Rock On: Drama at Utah is spectator sport
A poll last week revealed that Utah football and the Jazz are tied for the most popular sports among fans in the state. Next on the list was BYU football, followed ... «Deseret News, Jan 15»
7
AirAsia flight QZ8501: when tragedy strikes, grief must not be a …
They shouldn't use grief as spectator sport. I know it's very attractive, but the media should leave alone those members of the public caught up in such events. «The Conversation UK, Dec 14»
8
​The competitive world of eSports
It was in South Korea that video game competitions, called eSports, first exploded as spectator sports. "I'd go there and they'd have these huge ballrooms, ... «CBS News, Dec 14»
9
A Grandmaster Who's Using Data to Turn Chess Into a Spectator Sport
Chess is among the oldest and most venerated games of strategy, one with all the tension and drama of traditional spectator sports and the emerging e-sports ... «Wired, Oct 14»
10
How video gaming turned into the world's newest spectator sport
Make no mistake, this is a spectator sport. The demographic is aged between 12 to 45, some with ambitions of making it as a pro player. Then when a team ... «The Guardian, Aug 14»

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« EDUCALINGO. Spectator sport [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/spectator-sport>. Jan 2023 ».
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