- The definition of a spelling bee is a contest in which participants are given a word and must state what arrangement of letters is used to write that word, according to the dictionary.
An example of a spelling bee is a contest in which a person might be asked to spell "apprehensive" and would have to say "A... P.... P... R... E... H... E... N... S... I... V... E"
spelling bee definition by Webster's New World
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a spelling contest, esp. one in which a contestant is eliminated after misspelling a word
spelling bee definition by American Heritage Dictionary
A contest in which competitors are eliminated as they fail to spell a given word correctly. Also called spelldown.