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
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|