100+ Common words in American English And British English

In this article, you will be able to learn about the spelling difference between American English and British English. There are several areas in which British and American spelling are different. These are the main ones to be aware of:

 Words ending in –re

British English words that end in –re often end in –er in American English:

British EnglishAmerican English
CentreCenter
FibreFiber
LitreLiter
TheatreTheater or theatre

Words ending in –our

British English words ending in –our usually end in –our in American English:

British EnglishAmerican English
ColourColor
FlavourFlavor
HumourHumor
NeighbourNeighbor

Words ending in –ize or –ise

Verbs in British English that can be spelled with either -ixe or -ise At the and are always spelled with -ize at the end in American English:

British EnglishAmerican English
Apologize or apologiseApologize
Organize or organiseOrganize
Recognize or recogniseRecognize

Words ending in -yes

Verbs in British English that end in -yse are always spelled -yze in American English: 

British EnglishAmerican English
AnalyseAnalyze
BreathalyseBreathalyze
ParalyseParalyze

Words ending in a vowel plus L :

In British spelling, verbs ending in a vowel plus L double the L when adding endings that begin with a vowel. In American English, the L is not doubled:

British EnglishAmerican English
TravelTravel
TravelledTraveled
TravellingTraveling
TravellerTraveler

Words spelled with double vowels

British English words that are spelled with the double vowels ae Or oe are just spelled with an e in American English:

British EnglishAmerican English
LeukaemiaLeukemia
ManoeuvreManeuver
OestrogenEstrogen
PaediatricPediatric

Nouns ending with -ence

Some nouns that end with -ence in British English are spelled -ense in American English:

British EnglishAmerican English
Defence Defense
LicenceLicense
OffenceOffense
PretencePretense

Nouns ending with -ogue

Some nouns that end with -ogue in british English end with either -og or -ogue in American English:

British EnglishAmerican English
AnalogueAnalog or analogue
Catalogue Catalog or catalogue
DialogueDialog or dialogue

American English and British English words list a to z

British EnglishAmerican English
AeroplaneAirplane
AluminiumAluminum
AutumnFall
Baking trayCookie sheet
Blank holidayLegal holiday
BarristerAttorney
Bill Check
BiscuitCookie, cracker
CandyflossCotton candy
ChipsFrench fried
CinemaMovie theater
CornflourCornstarch
Cotton budCotton swab
Current accountChecking account
Court cardFace card
Drink drivingDrunk driving
Dual carriagewayDivided highway
Double creamHeavy cream
DustbinGarbage can, trash can
Earth(electrical)Ground
Estate carStation wagon
Fish fingerFish stick
FlannelWashcloth
FlatApartment
FlyoverOverpass
FootballSoccer
Greaseproof paperWax paper, waxed paper
HandbagPurse
Hen nightBachelorette party
HolidayVacation
Ice lollyPopsicle
Icing sugarConfectioners sugar
JugPitcher
JumperSweater
Junior schoolElementary school
KennelDoghouse
LiftElevator
LorryTruck
Loose coverSlipcover 
MathsMath
Mobile phoneCell phone
NappyDiaper
Number plateLicense plate
Ordinary shareCommon stock
PatienceSolitaire
PelmetValance
PetrolGas, gasoline
Pinafore dressJumper
Plain chocolateDark chocolate
Plain flourAll-purpose flour
PostcodeZipcode
QueueLine
Sandwich cakeLayer cake
Skimmed milkSkim milk
SleeperRailroad tie
Stag nightBachelor party
SurtitleSupertitle
TickCheckmark
Tin Can
TorchFlashlight
Underground, tubeSubway
WalletBillfold
Water iceItalian ice
Wholemeal breadWholewheat bread
WorktopCountertop
Zebra crossingCrosswalk
zed(z)Zee
zipZipper

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