spelling bee


Definition of spelling bee

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

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Schaefer, a former Denver Public Schools teacher, agreed to continue shepherding the district’s semantics program — where spelling bees are organized, studied for and executed — after his retirement in the early 1990s. Elizabeth Hernandez, The Denver Post, "“Bill’s kids”: A 77-year-old Denverite has dedicated his life to coaching spelling for free “out of the goodness of his heart”," 10 June 2019 Environment’ was a word that appeared more often in spelling bees than on the evening news. Deb Kiner | Dkiner@pennlive.com, oregonlive, "Earth Day will be 50 years old in 2020," 22 Apr. 2019 That allowed the Obsessives a chance to dig up more material on the spelling bee website, while letting those with Lives to enter the contest without extensive research. Washington Post, "The Style Invitational Empress on this week’s contest and results," 3 July 2019 Journal fashion columnist Jacob Gallagher says stylish men are starting to carry their phones on lanyards around their necks, like name tags on spelling bee contestants. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Heaven is an Ugly Summer Shoe," 12 July 2019 In the fourth grade, Saketh Sundar didn’t know what a spelling bee was. Jess Nocera, baltimoresun.com, "Howard County celebrates its national spelling bee champion, middle schooler Saketh Sundar," 13 June 2019 Fun fact: Swift actually competed in spelling bees as a child. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Taylor Swift Planted So Many Easter Eggs in Her 'ME!' Video," 26 Apr. 2019 What was the starting point for South Asian-American success at spelling bees? Samarth Bhaskar, New York Times, "Why Have So Many South Asian-Americans Won the Spelling Bee?," 1 June 2018 John Scherer as Vice Principal Douglas Panch, a man on the edge trying to come back from a melt-down at a spelling bee five years ago, is hilarious in that role - and as one of Logainne's Type-A gay dads. Laura Demarco, cleveland.com, ""The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" is poignant and F-U-N (review)," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of spelling bee

1850, in the meaning defined above

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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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