Meaning of “spelling” in the English Dictionary

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"spelling" in British English

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spellingnoun

uk /ˈspel.ɪŋ/ us /ˈspel.ɪŋ/

A2 [ U ] forming words with the correct letters in the correct order, or the ability to do this:

He's hopeless at spelling.
My computer has a program which corrects my spelling.
Your essay is full of spelling mistakes/errors.

[ C ] the way a particular word is spelled:

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(Definition of “spelling” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"spelling" in American English

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spellingnoun [ C/U ]

us /ˈspel·ɪŋ/

the forming of words with the letters in the correct order, or the way in which a word is formed:

[ C ] I shouldn’t be marked wrong just because I used British spellings rather than American.

(Definition of “spelling” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)