Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See spelling bee.

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  • n. A type of spelling bee in which participants sit down as they are eliminated.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a contest in which you are eliminated if you fail to spell a word correctly

Etymologies

spell +‎ down (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I tried not to look it, but I felt pleased as a kid who'd just won the spelldown.

    Time and Again

  • Fifth-graders Jordyn Haddy and Mackenzie Klug went head to head during the subsequent spelldown for a record 13 rounds to determine the second-place finisher.

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  • Her soft-voiced demeanor during the spelldown served her well - camouflaging butterflies in her stomach.

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