Here’s The 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee Winning Word

What was the 2017 Scripps National Spelling Bee winning word?

If you missed out on Thursday night’s finals, 12-year-old Ananya Vinay came away with a big win in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee with a word you’ve likely never heard of. 

After a nearly 40-minute back-and-forth with runner-up Rohan Rajeev, Vinay successfully spelled her final word to end the win.

The victory earned Vinay more than $40,000 in cash and prizes.

So what was the big word?

Vinay won the competition with the word “marocain,” a french word meaning “a dress fabric of ribbed crepe, made of silk or wool or both.”

This was the first time since 2013 that the competition did not end in a tie.

How does Vinay’s winning word stack up? A list of the winning words in the Scripps National Spelling Bee from the past ten years can be seen below:

2008 guerdon Sameer Mishra West Lafayette, Indiana
2009 Laodicean Kavya Shivashankar Olathe, Kansas
2010 stromuhr Anamika Veeramani Cleveland, Ohio
2011 cymotrichous Sukanya Roy Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
2012 guetapens Snigdha Nandipati San Diego, California
2013 knaidel Arvind Mahankali New York City
2014 stichomythia Sriram J. Hathwar Corning, New York
feuilleton Ansun Sujoe Fort Worth, Texas
2015 scherenschnitte Vanya Shivashankar Olathe, Kansas
nunatak Gokul Venkatachalam St. Louis, Missouri
2016 Feldenkrais Jairam Hathwar Corning, New York
gesellschaft Nihar Sai Reddy Janga Austin, Texas
2017 marocain Ananya Vinay Fresno, California

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Josh SanchezCAMPUSSPORTS Writer
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