Have you ever suffered from an odontalgia or enjoyed the work of a chiaroscurist? Do these words have you flabbergasted? Not to worry, these are some of the most difficult words in the English language. Whether you were the school spelling bee champion or rely on spell check when writing emails – our list of words will test your skills. We gathered all the winning spelling bee words since 1990, defined them, and used them in a sentence so you can host your own mock spelling bee at home!

If you find yourself in shock at the complexity of some of these terms while you scroll through, take a glance at the word popularity. According to the Oxford Dictionary, there are over 170,000 words in the English language and some of winning spelling bee words are in the bottom 10 percent.

Interested in expanding your vocabulary even more? We created an extended version listing the winning spelling bee words all the way back to 1970 that you can download below.


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You made it through an impressive list! You deserve a guerdon for all of the knowledge you absorbed. Why not treat yourself to a stylish new pair of reading glasses? They will come in handy as you crack open your dictionary to freshen up your vocabulary like the young spelling bee winners mentioned above.