American and British English – Vocabulary – A – M

Here you will find words which have different meanings or are spelled differently in British and American English.

American English British English
A
a deck of cards a pack of cards
a pack of cigarettes a packet of cigarettes
airplane plane
antenna, aerial aerial (TV, radio)
apartment (flat: apartment with a single floor) flat
B
baby carriage, baby buggy, stoller pram, pushchair
backpack rucksack
baked potato jacket potato
ball-point pen biro
bangs fringe
bathroom, rest room toilet, loo
beet beetroot
bell pepper pepper
bill note
billfold wallet
buck quid
bulletin board notice board
busy engaged
C
cab taxi
can tin
candy store sweet shop
carpet pad underlay
cart trolley
catalog catalogue
cellphone mobile (phone)
center centre
CEO (chief executive officer) managing director
check bill
checkers draughts
checkroom, coatroom cloakroom
clothespin clothes peg
color colour
comforter duvet
cookie biscuit
costumes fancy dress
cotton ball cotton wool
cotton candy candy floss
cozy cosy
crib cot (Baby)
crossroad (in the country)
intersection (town and country)
crossroads
crosswalk pedestrian crossing
zebra crossing
D
detour diversion
diaper nappy
directory assistance directory enquiries
downtown, city center town centre
city centre
draft draught
driver's license driving licence
drugstore, pharmacy chemist's shop
drunk driving drink driving
E
eggplant aubergine
elementary school
grade school
primary school
elevator lift
eraser rubber
everyplace, everywhere everywhere
Excuse me. Sorry.
expiration date expiry date
F
face cloth, wash cloth flannel
faucet tap
favorite favourite
fender wing
field hockey hockey
fields day sports day
film, movie film
fire department fire brigade
first floor, ground floor (in public buildings) ground floor
fish-sticks fish-fingers
flashlight torch
flavor flavour
freeway, highway, expressway, interstate motorway
freight train goods train
French fries chips
from Monday to Friday
from Monday through Friday
from Monday to Friday
front desk reception
G
game match
garbage rubbish
garbage can/trash can bin, dustbin
gas petrol
gas pedal, accelerator accelerator
gear shift gear lever
German shepherd Alsatian
grade year
ground wire earth wire
H
harbor harbour
heavy cream double cream
hood bonnet
humor humour
I
inquiry enquiry
installment plan hire purchase
inventory stock
J
jacket, parka anorak
janitor caretaker
jewelery jewellery
John Doe Joe Bloggs
K
kerosene/kerosine paraffin
kilometer kilometre
L
ladybug ladybird
lawyer, attorney barrister, solicitor
license plate number plate
liter litre
lost and found lost property
M
mail post
mail box letter box
mailman postman
mashed potatoes mashed potato
math maths
Men's Room Gents
mom mum
mortician undertaker
motorcycle motorbike

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