American vs British Spelling


Most dictionaries include both American and British spelling of words and they usually note the differences in some way...

For example:

The word color in an American dictionary can be noted as colo(u)r to point out that it is colour in British English or it may just say color in British "colour".

Also See:

American vs British Grammar
American vs British Vocabulary

The table provides a list of the main differences between British and American spelling.


British English

American English

-our

honour

neighbour

colour


-re

centre

theatre


-ogue

dialogue

monologue


-ence

defence


-ise

recognise

idealise

neutralise
-or

honor

color

neighbor


-er

center

theater


-og

dialog

monolog


-ense

defense


-ize

recognize

idealize

neutralize


American English spelling sometimes does not double the consonant at the end of a word, while British English spelling does, and it's the other way around in different cases, especially when the consonant is 'l'. See Wikipedia's doubled consonants for details and more examples.


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