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spelling bee

noun
1.
a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown.
Origin
1870-1875
1870-75
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British Dictionary definitions for spelling-bee

spelling bee

noun
1.
a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions
Word Origin
C19: from bee²
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Encyclopedia Article for spelling-bee

spelling bee

contest or game in which players attempt to spell correctly and aloud words assigned them by an impartial judge. Competition may be individual, with players eliminated when they misspell a word and the last remaining player being the winner, or between teams, the winner being the team with the most players remaining at the close of the contest. The spelling bee is an old custom that was revived in schools in the United States in the late 19th century and enjoyed a great vogue there and in Great Britain. In the United States, local, regional, and national competitions continue to be held annually.

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