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 Wardle made the game’s first iteration in 2013 due to Shah being a lover of crosswords and spelling bees. Gabrielle Rockson, Peoplemag, 2 Oct. 2023 Her story was recently taken up by researchers from the language learning platform Babbel, who were exploring the history of spelling bees in the United States. Livia Albeck-Ripka, New York Times, 1 June 2023 Among its programs, El Roi Haiti sponsors a summer camp for about 400 people featuring Bible stories, worship music, scripture memorization, spelling bees, arts and crafts, games, English lessons and other activities. John Bacon, USA TODAY, 30 July 2023 The moment was a culmination for Dev, who began competing in spelling bees in third grade and has studied 10 hours each day for the past year, according to his mother. Maggie Astor, New York Times, 2 June 2023 The top three students from each grade-level spelling bee competed at the district spelling bee. C.r. Walker, chicagotribune.com, 23 Feb. 2022 Mihir Konkapaka, a 12-year-old from the Poway Unified School District, won the county spelling bee for the second year in a row. Luis Cruz, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Mar. 2023 Perfect for a bath time spelling bee! Jamie Spain, Good Housekeeping, 24 Oct. 2022 Designed to mimic the summer sleepaway camp of your youth (albeit with vastly fewer rules), the fall event will also feature nearly 50 activities including dodgeball, a .5km floaty race, tug-of-war, comedy and talent shows, a beatbox competition, spelling bee, bingo, deep house yoga and more. Katie Bain, Billboard, 9 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1850, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of spelling bee was in 1850

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“Spelling bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelling%20bee. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition

spelling bee

: a spelling contest in which each contestant who spells a word wrong is eliminated

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