from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A contest in which competitors are eliminated as they fail to spell a given word correctly. Also called spelldown.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A spelling competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell words; the individual or team spelling the most words correctly wins.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. a spelling match.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as spellingmatch.
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
He hadn’t spent every night of his childhood lying in bed, making up elaborate, Disney-flavored fantasies about winning the county spelling bee or starring in the second grade play and finally catching the attention of a mother who couldn’t be bothered to venture east of L.A. or west of Manhattan because “Mommy’s got to work Fashion Week, darling.”
As Abhi Roy said in an interview, Sukanya's performance in the spelling bee "wasn't about winning; we want her to appreciate the language."
A K A R I win a spelling bee p.s. Every difficult word above -- except for "uakari" -- was in the 2009 National Spellng Bee p.p.s. I recorded this song live, and yes, by accident I DID spell "clogwyn" wrong.
She considered saying onomatopoeia, a word that had enabled her to win a spelling bee in the fifth grade.