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noun spell·ing \ˈspe-liŋ\

Definition of spelling

  1. 1 :  the forming of words from letters according to accepted usage :  orthography

  2. 2a :  a sequence of letters composing a wordb :  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.

15th Century

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. 1 :  an exercise or the practice of forming words from letters

  2. 2 :  the letters composing a word What is the correct spelling of your name?



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