- a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly; spelldown.
Origin of spelling bee
First recorded in 1870–75
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Examples from the Web for spelling bee
Why allocate education dollars to a community perceived to be off the charts with spelling-bee winners and academic scholars?Asian-Americans Reject ‘Good’ News in Pew Report
June 26, 2012
He had not returned to his home after the spelling-bee, nor had he been seen since.
There was a spelling-bee every Friday afternoon, for Sam the only endurable event of the school exercises.Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete
Albert Bigelow Paine
Rosalie did not know that the teacher was to leave Tinkletown surreptitiously until after the spelling-bee.
It had a good deal the look of a spelling-bee with a teacher who meant to stand no nonsense.The Huntress
- a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions
C19: from bee ²
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