List of words having different meanings in British and American English
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An incomplete list of words and phrases having differing meanings in British and American English.
- Asterisked (*) meanings, though found chiefly in the specified region, have also some currency in the other dialect; other definitions may be recognised by the other as Britishisms or Americanisms respectively. Additional usage notes are provided when useful.
- Certain words are limited to regional or specific dialect use in either usage. They will, however, be recognised and understood by most native English speakers in the country concerned. These are marked with their usual area of use.
- Many American phrases and meanings are now used and/or understood in the UK, thanks to the ubiquity of US-made movies and television programmes.
When adding words or meanings to this list, please follow the notations used in existing entries as much as possible.
- Main article: American and British English differences
- List of British words not widely used in the United States
- List of American words not widely used in the United Kingdom
- American and British English spelling differences
- American and British English pronunciation differences