spelling bee

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From spelling +‎ bee (get-together, (social) gathering, contest) (The earliest known evidence of the phrase in print dates back to 1850).

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spelling bee (plural spelling bees)

  1. A spelling contest or competition where contestants, usually children, are asked to spell out words (orally, letter by letter); the individual or team spelling the most words correctly wins.

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