[ spel-ing ]
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  1. the manner in which words are spelled; orthography.

  2. a group of letters representing a word.

  1. the act of a speller.

Origin of spelling

1400–50; late Middle English (gerund); see spell1, -ing1

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British Dictionary definitions for spelling


/ (ˈspɛlɪŋ) /

  1. the act or process of writing words by using the letters conventionally accepted for their formation; orthography

  2. the art or study of orthography

  1. the actual way in which a word is spelt

  2. the ability of a person to spell: John's spelling is good

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