Words beginning with ref...
The period during which a monarch rules is a reign.

Words beginning with ref...

With reference to the referee, I refer you to the board. Enjoy this KS3 quiz on spelling words beginning at ref.

"The leader of the troop unlocked his word-hoard; the distinguished one delivered this answer: 'We belong by birth to the Great people and owe allegiance to Lord Hygelac.'" Beowulf, translated by Seamus Heaney.

A "word-hoard" is a beautiful term to express the concept of a personal vocabulary. The meaning of "word" is fairly obvious here. A "hoard" is, of course, a collection of some sort, usually of things of value. A hoard is precious, carefully stored and protected. By creating a new word as a compound of "word" and "hoard", the Old English wordhord poetically imagines a vocabulary as treasure. In Old English poems, this treasure is often "unlocked" when a character begins to speak.

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Do you think of all the words you know as a personal treasure? Every time you learn a new word, you add to your "word-hoard"!

Practise your spellings with this quiz.

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  1. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A track and field discipline where runners take turns in carrying a baton from start to finish
    A person can also "relay" a message
  2. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    With constant frequency or pattern
    The a of the unstressed, final syllable can be tricky
  3. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    France is administratively divided into 27 r--------s
    The words "region" and "regional" are related
  4. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Having a bearing on or connection with the subject at issue
    The vowels of the second and final syllables can be difficult here
  5. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Of, or pertaining to, a specific district
    As well as being related most obviously to "region", "regional" is also more distantly related to "reign"
  6. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    A state involving mutual dealings between people, parties or countries
    Add the suffix -ship to "relation"
  7. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The practising of something which is to be performed before an audience
    The words "rehearse" and "rehearsal" are related. The -ea- digraph is important to remember
  8. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    The period during which a monarch rules
    You wouldn't confuse "reign" with "rain"....would you?
  9. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    To practise by repetition in private prior to a public representation
    If you can spell "rehearse", you'll have little difficulty with "rehearsal"
  10. Click the correct answer for the following definition.
    Directly related, connected or pertinent to a topic
    This word might require some practice

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