spell·​er | \ ˈspe-lər \

Definition of speller

1 : a person who spells words especially in a certain way a poor speller
2 : a book with exercises for teaching spelling

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If Harry Potter shows up, all bets are off (the majority of spellers cite the books as their favorites). Christopher Schultz, PEOPLE.com, "5 Things to Watch Out for During the 2018 Scripps National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 The hymnbooks’ most popular items were anthologized in school readers and spellers, and missionaries and preachers distributed hymnbooks to the poor for the purpose of encouraging literacy. Barton Swaim, WSJ, "‘The Hymnal’ Review: How to Make a Joyful Noise," 23 Dec. 2018 This word allowed Naysa Modi of Frisco, Texas, to offer a master class on the inner workings of a top speller’s brain. Washington Post, "Memorable words from the National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 More than 500 hopeful spellers will be traveling to Maryland to compete in the 91st Scripps National Spelling Bee that starts Tuesday. Tessa Weinberg, chicagotribune.com, "Like father, like son: Hinsdale sixth-grader spells his way to Scripps Nationals, 33 years after his dad," 27 May 2018 Both applied, and were accepted, trough the new RSVBee, an invitational program that created a new path for champion spellers from schools and some other local competitions to compete in the national finals. Chuck Fieldman, chicagotribune.com, "Two St. John of the Cross students headed to Scripps National Spelling Bee," 18 May 2018 The audience is the bee audience, with the spellers on bleachers on stage in a school gymnasium, the judges at a table eon the other side. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, ""The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is poignant and F-U-N (review)," 21 Apr. 2018 Thursday had begun with 41 spellers who qualified for the finals after surviving what was arguably the most intense competition in the bee's 93-year history. Amy B. Wang, chicagotribune.com, "From record-breaking field, 16 finalists move on at National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018 The third-place finisher, 11-year-old Abhijay Kodali, came in second to Naysa at the Dallas regional bee, one of just a few regions that sends multiple spellers to nationals. CBS News, "Karthik Nemmani, 14, wins National Spelling Bee," 31 May 2018

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First Known Use of speller

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of speller

: a person who spells words in a particular way


spell·​er | \ ˈspe-lər \

Kids Definition of speller

1 : a person who spells words
2 : a book with exercises for teaching spelling

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