Definition of spelling in English:


Line breaks: spell|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈspɛlɪŋ


[mass noun]
  • 1The process or activity of writing or naming the letters of a word: the books and spelling in my class were too simple
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    • But when the activity involved spelling, it was up to me.
    • We are not anarchists when it comes to spelling or punctuation of written Standard English.
    • For example, the language arts course consists of four subject areas: capitalization, punctuation, word usage and spelling.
  • 1.1 [count noun] The way a word is spelled: the spelling of his name was influenced by French
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    • As a result, hundreds of words have the same spellings in both languages, which also share a battery of Latin affixes.
    • Mayo County Council will encourage the use of the Irish language and the use of native Irish spelling of place names in the naming of housing developments.
    • We wrote out the correct spelling of his name, along with a phonetic pronunciation.
  • 1.2A person’s ability to spell words: her spelling was deplorable
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    • This is a logical finding, given that spelling is a verbal ability.
    • Rapidly deteriorating, Charlie's punctuation and spelling worsen and he prays that he may retain the ability to read and write.
    • You can probably tell by my writing, and my spelling and grammar, that I've had some learning since I've been out here.

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