spell·​er | \ ˈspe-lər How to pronounce speller (audio) \

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

Examples of speller in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Besides Avant-garde, the only other Black winner of the bee was 1998 champion Jody-Anne Maxwell from Jamaica, who also became the first speller from outside the US to win. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 18 Aug. 2021 Eleven contestants entered Thursday night's final, with Avant-garde emerging as the nation's top speller. Kevin Dotson, CNN, 8 July 2021 Cox was a 13-year-old competitive speller from Akron, Ohio—a Black girl some believe was robbed of the title in 1936. Janell Ross, Time, 16 July 2021 Prince got the best speller and future president award. Washington Post, 10 July 2021 Words that foiled spellers included chrysal, athanor, cloxacillin, heliconius, torticollis, platylepadid and gewgaw, and at one point judges had to review a video replay to determine whether a speller said the letter I or Y. New York Times, 9 July 2021 The new vocabulary portion, will ask the speller to answer a multiple-choice question during the second round of each competition level all the way to the finals. Christian Ortega, USA TODAY, 8 July 2021 Vivinsha, 10, is the youngest speller left in the bee, but that hasn’t stopped her enthusiasm for the finals. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 2 July 2021 The champion speller will receive a $50,000 cash prize. cleveland, 27 June 2021

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First Known Use of speller

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Speller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speller. Accessed 17 Sep. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of speller

: a person who spells words in a particular way


spell·​er | \ ˈspe-lər How to pronounce speller (audio) \

Kids Definition of speller

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

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