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  1. a person who spells words.
  2. Also called spelling book. an elementary textbook or manual to teach spelling.
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Origin of speller

late Middle English word dating back to 1400–50; see origin at spell1, -er1
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Examples from the Web for speller

Historical Examples

  • "There," said I, spreading the speller flat on the table and pointing with my finger.

    The Bacillus of Beauty

    Harriet Stark

  • Abe shone as a speller in school and at the spelling-matches.

  • I was the best sewer and speller in Miss Mushet's long before I was ten.


    Neil Munro

  • They vary hourly, according to the taste and fancy of the speller.

    A Fleet in Being

    Rudyard Kipling

  • Not unlike Lewis and Clark Mr. Work was "something of a speller."

British Dictionary definitions for speller


  1. a person who spells words in the manner specifieda bad speller
  2. a book designed to teach or improve spelling
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