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British spelling


the generally accepted spelling of English words in Britain and, for the most part, in commonwealth countries like Canada and Australia


communication noun (communicative processes and contents)


British spellings

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American and British English spelling differences

One of the ways in which American English and British English differ is in spelling. In the early 18th century, English spelling was not standardised. Differences became noticeable after the publishing of influential dictionaries. Today's British... (36 of 14513 words, pronunciations, 2 images)

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British spelling | British spellings [plural] | British English spelling [synonym, sense-specific]

[countable] The preferred manner of English spelling in most former British colonies, originally from Britain, contrasted with the preferences in Canada and the USA. | [countable] Such a spelling. (28 of 29 words, 2 definitions)

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Collins Dictionary:

spelling | spell | under a spell [sense-specific] | spell a paddock [sense-specific] | orthography [synonym, sense-specific] | fascination [synonym, sense-specific] | trance [synonym, sense-specific] | spellable [adjective, derived]

the act or process of writing words by using the letters conventionally accepted for their formation; orthography | the art or study of orthography | ... (23 of 722 words, 17 definitions, 17 usage examples, pronunciations)



spelling | orthography [synonym, sense-specific]

the forming of words from letters according to accepted usage; "orthography" | a sequence of letters composing a word ; the way in which a word is ... (26 of 79 words, 2 definitions)


Oxford Dictionary:


the process or activity of writing or naming the letters of a word | the way a word is spelled | a person's ability to spell words (25 of 77 words, 3 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:


forming words with the correct letters in the correct order, or the ability to do this | the way a particular word is spelt (23 of 56 words, 2 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

spelling | spellings [plural]

[uncountable] the ability to spell | [countable] the correct way of writing a word (13 of 52 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


American Heritage Dictionary:


The forming of words with letters in an accepted order; orthography. | The art or study of orthography. | The way in which a word is spelled. (25 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:


the manner in which words are spelled; orthography. | a group of letters representing a word. | the act of a speller. (20 of 28 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


New World Dictionary:


the act of one who spells words | the way in which a word is spelled; orthography (16 of 18 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)


Encarta Dictionary:

spelling | spellings [plural]

the ability to spell words correctly | the forming of words with letters in a conventionally accepted order (often used before a noun) | an example of ... (25 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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