spelling

noun spell·ing \ ˈspe-liŋ \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

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

Examples of spelling in a Sentence

  1. The American spelling is “color” while the British spelling is “colour.”

  2. The words “made” and “maid” sound alike but have different spellings.

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First Known Use of spelling

15th century

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SPELLING Defined for Kids

spelling

noun spell·ing \ ˈspe-liŋ \

Definition of spelling for Students

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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