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English definition of “spelling”


noun     /ˈspelɪŋ/
WORDS [C] A2 how a particular word is spelt: Use a dictionary to check the spelling of difficult words. There are two possible spellings of this word. spelling mistakes Pieces of writing
ABILITY [U] A2 someone's ability to spell words: My spelling is terrible.Writing and typing
(Definition of spelling noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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