spelling bee
noun Date: 1872 a spelling contest in which contestants are eliminated as soon as they misspell a word

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  • Spelling bee — (англ. spell произносить по буквам + bee (истор.) собрание[1]) конкурс (как правило детский) произношения слов по буквам. Как полагают, правила конкурса были придуманы в США. Национальные конкурсы проводятся во многих странах, например в США …   Википедия

  • Spelling bee — Spelling Spell ing, a. Of or pertaining to spelling. [1913 Webster] {Spelling bee}, a spelling match. [U.S.] {Spelling book}, a book with exercises for teaching children to spell; a speller. {Spelling match}, a contest of skill in spelling words …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • spelling bee — ☆ spelling bee n. a spelling contest, esp. one in which a contestant is eliminated after misspelling a word …   English World dictionary

  • spelling bee — n AmE a competition in which the winner is the person who spells the most words correctly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • spelling bee — spelling ,bee noun count AMERICAN a competition in which children have to spell difficult words …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Spelling bee — A spelling bee is a competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell English words. The concept is thought to have originated in the United States, and is usually perceived to be a solely English language practice. [… …   Wikipedia

  • Spelling Bee — Scripps National Spelling Bee George W Bush reçoit le vainqueur de l édition 2008, Sameer Mishra, dans le Bureau ovale …   Wikipédia en Français

  • spelling bee — UK / US noun [countable] Word forms spelling bee : singular spelling bee plural spelling bees American a competition in which children have to spell difficult words …   English dictionary

  • spelling bee — noun a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly • Syn: ↑spelldown, ↑spelling contest • Hypernyms: ↑contest, ↑competition * * * noun, pl ⋯ bees [count] chiefly US : a contest in which contestants spell words aloud… …   Useful english dictionary

  • spelling bee — a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown. [1870 75] * * * ▪ contest also called  spelling match , or  spelldown        contest or game in which players attempt to spell… …   Universalium

  • spelling bee — spell′ing bee n. a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly • Etymology: 1870–75 …   From formal English to slang

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