List of words having different meanings in British and American English

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This is a 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 Briticisms 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.

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References

Note: the below are general references on this topic. Individual entries have not yet been audited against the references below and readers looking for "verifiable" information should consult the works below unless individual entries in the article's table are properly sourced.
* cite book
last = Bickerton
first = Anthea
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = American-English, English-American : a two-way glossary of words in daily use on both sides of the Atlantic
publisher =
date = 1985
location =
pages =
url =
doi =
id = ISBN 0 902920 60 X

* cite book
last = Davies
first = Christopher
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = Divided by a Common Language: A Guide to British and American English
publisher = Houghton Mifflin
date = 2005
location =
pages =
url =
doi =
id = ISBN 9780618002757

* cite book
last = Hargraves
first = Orin
authorlink =
coauthors =
title = Mighty Fine Words and Smashing Expressions: Making Sense of Transatlantic English
publisher = Oxford University Press
date = 2003
location =
pages =
url =
doi =
id = ISBN 0195157044


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