spelling bee


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 In an age when people rely on phones and computers to communicate for them, spelling bee competitions are meant to promote literacy and grow students’ vocabularies. Kristen Taketa, San Diego Union-Tribune, 17 Mar. 2022 Former president Barack Obama, in a tweet Friday morning, congratulated Avant-garde: ’'Three Guinness World Records and now the national spelling bee champ! BostonGlobe.com, 9 July 2021 The initial premise for Definition Please was inspired by Day’s own experience winning her fourth grade class spelling bee. Sara Merican, Forbes, 25 Jan. 2022 Like studying the etymology of a word instead of just learning how to spell it for a spelling bee. David Oliver, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2022 In Stacey Abrams’s new book, a girl with curly hair and a gap between her front teeth enters a spelling bee and confronts her own self-doubt and a boy named Jake. Washington Post, 30 Dec. 2021 The national Spanish spelling bee will be back in-person in El Paso in July next year. Claire Bryan, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Dec. 2021 Her locker clues hinted at her intellect and kept safe a sash for a spelling bee champ. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 24 Sep. 2021 Avant-garde, who has mentioned that Dallas guard Moriah Jefferson is her favorite player, was invited as a special guest after her spelling bee win. Arianna Vedia, Dallas News, 15 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of spelling bee

1850, in the meaning defined above

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23 Apr 2022

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“Spelling bee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spelling%20bee. Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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