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A contest in which competitors are eliminated as they fail to spell a given word correctly. Also called spelldown.
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a contest in which players are required to spell words according to orthographic conventions
[C19: from bee2]
a spelling competition won by the individual or team spelling the greatest number of words correctly.
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|Noun||1.||spelling bee - a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly|
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