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spelling bee

a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown.
Origin of spelling bee
1870-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • He had not returned to his home after the spelling-bee, nor had he been seen since.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • There was a spelling-bee every Friday afternoon, for Sam the only endurable event of the school exercises.

  • Rosalie did not know that the teacher was to leave Tinkletown surreptitiously until after the spelling-bee.

    The Daughter of Anderson Crow George Barr McCutcheon
  • It had a good deal the look of a spelling-bee with a teacher who meant to stand no nonsense.

    The Huntress Hulbert Footner
British Dictionary definitions for spelling-bee

spelling bee

a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions
Word Origin
C19: from bee²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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