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noun

: the act of forming of words from letters

: the way in which a word is correctly spelled

Full Definition of SPELLING

1
:  the forming of words from letters according to accepted usage :  orthography
2
a :  a sequence of letters composing a word
b :  the way in which a word is spelled
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Examples of SPELLING

  1. The American spelling is color while the British spelling is colour.
  2. The words made and maid sound alike but have different spellings.

First Known Use of SPELLING

15th century

Other Grammar and Linguistics Terms

ablaut, allusion, anacoluthon, diacritic, gerund, idiom, infinitive, metaphor, semiotics, simile

Rhymes with SPELLING

SPELLING Defined for Kids

spelling

noun spell·ing \ˈspe-liŋ\

Definition of SPELLING for Kids

1
:  an exercise or the practice of forming words from letters
2
:  the letters composing a word <What is the correct spelling of your name?>
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