speller

noun

spell·​er ˈspe-lər How to pronounce speller (audio)
1
: a person who spells words especially in a certain way
a poor speller
2
: a book with exercises for teaching spelling

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The bell, as much as Brooks and her fellow judges, has the final say on the speller's attempt. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 31 May 2022 Even boxing legend Mike Tyson, dressed in a whacky bumblebee costume, couldn’t stump San Antonio super-speller Harini Logan. Timothy Fanning, San Antonio Express-News, 17 June 2022 Each word had to be attempted – no skips or passes – and the speller had to press a buzzer before the next word appeared. Chris Bumbaca, USA TODAY, 3 June 2022 Scripps announced Harini as the champion of the national spelling contest after facing off against one other speller in a down-to-the-wire Spell-off competition that involved a 90-second speed round. Breanna Bell, PEOPLE.com, 3 June 2022 The 64-year-old Burton described himself as an above-average but hardly distinguished speller who's as impressed by the bee winners as any other fan. Ben Nuckols, ajc, 17 Dec. 2021 The 64-year-old Burton described himself as an above-average but hardly distinguished speller who's as impressed by the bee winners as any other fan. Ben Nuckols, USA TODAY, 17 Dec. 2021 Each speller has their own quirks and backstory, which become exposed largely through flashbacks and cutaway scenes. Steve Smith, courant.com, 21 Oct. 2021 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 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of speller was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Speller.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/speller. Accessed 4 Dec. 2022.

Kids Definition

speller

noun

spell·​er ˈspel-ər How to pronounce speller (audio)
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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