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25 of the hardest winning words from the Scripps Spelling Bee - Sort by:
25 of the hardest winning words from the Scripps Spelling Bee
A tongue-twisting selection of words that have won the Scripps Spelling Bee since the contest began in 1925, and their definitions according to Merriam-Webster.
USA-SPELLINGBEE/
RTX1EZPJ
28 May. 2015
The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins... more
USA-SPELLINGBEE/
RTX1EZPJ
28 May. 2015
NATIONAL HARBOR, UNITED STATES
The annual Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begins on May 28 in an auditorium outside Washington, D.C., and ends on May 30 with a live telecast on ESPN, will test the spelling mettle of a record 565 young people, ages 7 to 15. Here are some of the hardest winning words from past contests, and their definitions according to Merriam-Webster:

REUTERS/Joshua Roberts
RELIGION-EASTER/ORTHODOX-GOOD FRIDAY
RTX6T9ON
26 Apr. 2019
koinonia, 2018: the Christian fellowship or body of... more
FASHION-NEW YORK/TADASHI SHOJI
RTX6LQFQ
7 Feb. 2019
cymotrichous, 2011: having wavy hair. REUTERS/Mike... more
SWITZERLAND/
RTR2TBQM
28 Oct. 2011
serrefine, 2007: a small forceps for clamping a blood... more
GLOBAL-MUSIC/
RTX5H9J4
5 Apr. 2018
appoggiatura, 2005: an accessory embellishing note... more
POPE-PERU/
RTX4FB6E
19 Jan. 2018
autochthonous, 2004: indigenous, native. REUTERS/Alessandro... more
AUSTRIA-TOURISM/
RTX3BVR8
18 Jul. 2017
prospicience, 2002: the act of looking forward. REUTERS/Dominic... more
USA/
RTR2355G
7 Jan. 2009
succedaneum, 2001: one that comes next after or replaces... more
USA-ELECTION/TRUMP
RTX2RTZE
4 Nov. 2016
logorrhea, 1999: excessive and often incoherent talkativeness... more
SPAIN/
RTR2TLZ5
4 Nov. 2011
chiaroscurist, 1998: an artist who specializes in chiaroscuro,... more
USA/
RTR4PJ5O
14 Feb. 2015
antipyretic, 1991: an agent that reduces fever. REUTERS/Gary... more
USA/
RTR311KL
21 Apr. 2012
odontalgia, 1986: toothache. REUTERS/Jim Young more
USA-UNIVERSITY/UWASHINGTON
RTS22C7J
21 Sep. 2018
elucubrate, 1980: to work out or express by studious... more
PICASSO/
RTR2D0QI
19 Apr. 2010
maculature, 1979: an impression made from an intaglio... more
EGYPT-ECONOMY/CURRENCY
RTS2DYNK
20 Mar. 2019
cambist, 1977: one who deals in bills of exchange or... more
GLOBAL-SUGAR/
RTS2C9EW
25 Jan. 2019
ratoon, 1966: a shoot of a perennial plant (such as... more
GERMANY/
RTR30JRO
10 Apr. 2012
esquamulose, 1962: not covered with or consisting of... more
COLOMBIA-FURA GEMS/EMERALDS
RTX6I9K1
12 Dec. 2018
smaragdine, 1961: emerald. REUTERS/Luisa Gonzalez more
FESTIVAL-HOLI/
RTS2DSYH
19 Mar. 2019
eudaemonic, 1960: producing happiness, based on the... more
INDIA/LUXURY
RTR2Q96D
23 Aug. 2011
foulard, 1931: a lightweight plain-woven or twilled... more
BRITAIN-EU/VOTERS
RTS1WE9A
7 Aug. 2018
abrogate, 1927: to abolish by authoritative action.... more
INDIA
RTXDTHA
19 Jun. 2007
gladiolus, 1925: any of a genus of chiefly African... more
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