spelling bee

noun

Definition of spelling bee

: a spelling contest in which contestants are eliminated as soon as they misspell a word

Examples of spelling bee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The film uses the spelling bee as a storytelling device to propel an original narrative that aims to subvert stereotypes associated with Indian Americans, who have emerged as groundbreaking winners over the years. NBC News, "New film dismantles South Asian stereotypes tied to spelling bee, mental health," 6 Oct. 2020 Kaplan, a provider of educational programs and services such as test prep, teamed up with Hexco Academic to co-host the national online spelling bee after the famous springtime Scripps National Spelling Bee was canceled because of coronavirus. Suzanne Pfefferle Tafur, NOLA.com, "14-year-old from Harvey wins $10,000 top prize in national spelling bee with 'Qashgai'," 27 Aug. 2020 In a career spent studying ballet dancers, surgeons, spelling bee champions, professional violinists, and Shakespearean actors, Anders Ericsson reached a conclusion that surprised fellow scientists and left self-help gurus nodding in agreement. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Anders Ericsson, cognitive psychologist and expert on expertise, at 72," 2 July 2020 The success of the 2002 spelling bee documentary Spellbound helped attract funding for the project. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Skip The Help. Celebrate Juneteenth by watching a few of these 25 films.," 19 June 2020 However, English – and therefore spelling bees – also includes many words from languages not historically written in Latin characters. Sarah Bunin Benor, The Conversation, "The Scripps spelling bee is off this year, but the controversy over including foreign words is still on," 21 May 2020 Scripps will not change eligibility requirements for next year’s spelling bee, meaning kids who are in the eighth grade this year will miss the opportunity to compete in the national finals. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "Scripps National Spelling Bee canceled for first time since 1945," 21 Apr. 2020 However, the eighth graders who qualified this year for their last try at the national title won't be able to participate next year, spelling bee officials said. Alicia Lee, CNN, "National Spelling Bee canceled for the first time since WWII," 21 Apr. 2020 The Dallas spelling bee will be broadcast at 1 p.m. Sunday on WFAA-TV (Channel 8). Loyd Brumfield, Dallas News, "2 eighth-graders from Collin County share Dallas Regional Spelling Bee title," 7 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of spelling bee

1850, in the meaning defined above

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“Spelling bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelling%20bee. Accessed 23 Jan. 2021.

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spelling bee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spelling bee

chiefly US : a contest in which contestants spell words aloud and are removed from the contest when they spell a word wrong

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