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spelling Line breaks: spell|ing
Pronunciation: /ˈspɛlɪŋ/

Definition of spelling in English:


[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.

Words that rhyme with spelling

dwelling, misspelling, self-propelling, swelling, telling, upwelling
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