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English definition of “spelling”


noun     /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.Writing and typing [C] the way a particular word is spelled: This dictionary includes both British and American spellings of words.Writing and typing Grammar:SpellingWords in English are not always spelled as they are pronounced. Spelling in English follows some basic rules and the majority of English words (around 75%) follow these rules. You can learn the rules but there are always exceptions to the rules that need to be learned too.See moreGrammar:Spelling: prefixesWhen there is a prefix, we do not normally add or take away more letters:See moreGrammar:Spelling and pluralsThere are rules for the plurals of regular nouns and the -s forms of regular verbs.See moreGrammar:Spelling: doubling consonantsWe often double the final consonant of a word (b, d, g, l, m, n, p, r, t) when a suffix beginning with a vowel is added (-ed, -er, -est, -ing):See moreGrammar:Spelling: dropping and adding lettersSee moreGrammar:Spelling: ie or ei?If in doubt about ie or ei, when the sound of the vowel is as in brief /i:/, we spell it ie; but after the letter c, we spell it ei:See moreGrammar:Spelling and verb formsSee moreGrammar:British and American English SpellingHere are some common differences between British and American English spelling. A good learner’s dictionary will give information about other spelling differences:See moreGrammar:Addition of final -e to indicate long vowelWe use a final silent -e to indicate that the stressed vowel is long:See more
(Definition of spelling noun from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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