British English and American English

English

This page explores the differences in vocabulary between British English and American English.

British EnglishAmerican English
aeroplaneairplane
aubergineeggplant
bank holidaynational holiday
barrister / solicitorlawyer
billcheck
bin / dustbingarbage can / trash can
bonnethood
boottrunk
candy flosscotton candy
car parkparking lot
cataloguecatalog
centrecenter
chipsFrench fries
cloakroomcheckroom / coatroom
clothes-pegclothespin
colourcolor
cosycozy
cotcrib
courgettezucchini
crispspotato chips
curriculum vitae / CVrésumé
doughnutdonut
dressing gownbath robe
drink drivingdrunk driving
driving licencedriver’s licence
dummypacifier
expiry dateexpiration date
Father ChristmasSanta Claus
favouritefavorite
greygray
ground floorfirst floor
fish-fingersfish-sticks
flannelface cloth / wash cloth
flatapartment
flavourflavor
footballsoccer
fortnighttwo weeks
fringebangs
full stop period
gardenyard
harbourharbor
headmasterprincipal
headteachervice principal
holidayvacation
hoovervacuum cleaner
humourhumor
icing sugarpowdered sugar
indicatorblinker / turn signal
jewelleryjewelry
jumpersweater
kilometrekilometer
ladybirdladybug
letter box / post boxmailbox
liftelevator
litreliter
lorrytruck
lost propertylost and found
mashed potatomashed potatoes
mathsmath
mobile phonecellphone
motorbikemotorcycle
motorwayfreeway / highway
mummom
nappydiaper
neighbourneighbor
notebill
notice boardbulletin board
number platelicense plate
pantsunderpants
pavementsidewalk
pedestrian crossingcrosswalk
petrolgas
post codezip code
pram / pushchairbaby carriage / baby buggy / stroller
primary schoolelementary school
programmeprogram
to queueto line up
a quida buck
receptionfront desk
road waypavement
roundabouttraffic circle / rotary
rucksackbackpack
rubbereraser
rubbishgarbage
sharestock
shopstore
shop assistantsalesclerk
single ticketone-way ticket
spannerwrench
public schoolprivate school
stockinventory
subwayunderpass
sweet shopcandy store
swimming costumeswimsuit
tapfaucet
taxicab
teadinner
termsemester
theatretheater
timetableschedule
tincan
toilet / loobathroom / rest room
torchflashlight
trainerssneakers
tramstreetcar
travelledtraveled
trolleycart
trouserspants
tyretire
underground / tubesubway
vestundershirt
waistcoatvest
walletbillfold / wallet
wellies / wellington bootsrain boots
wingfender
yeargrade
zebra crossingcrosswalk
zipzipper

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