Words with Alternative Spellings

The following words can be spelled in two ways. Where the second spelling is the preferred American English spelling, this is marked with the symbol +. In these cases, the second spelling is often the only acceptable American English spelling.
  • acknowledgement - acknowledgment +
  • adrenalin - adrenaline
  • adviser - advisor
  • ambience - ambiance
  • annex - annexe
  • artefact - artifact +
  • balk - baulk
  • banister - bannister
  • by-law - bye-law
  • caffeine - caffein
  • carcass - carcase
  • castor - caster
  • caviar - caviare
  • chaperone - chaperon
  • chilli - chili +
  • cipher - cypher
  • conjurer - conjuror
  • connection - connexion
  • curtsy - curtsey
  • dexterous - dextrous
  • dispatch - despatch
  • douse - dowse
  • duffel coat - duffle coat
  • dyke - dike
  • forego - forgo +
  • gram - gramme
  • grandad - granddad +
  • granny - grannie
  • guerrilla - guerilla
  • gypsy - gipsy
  • hiccup - hiccough
  • hippie - hippy
  • hooray - hurray
  • icon - ikon
  • impostor - imposter
  • inflection - inflexion
  • jibe - gibe
  • judgement - judgment +
  • kilogram - kilogramme
  • likeable - likable +
  • liquorice - licorice
  • mackintosh - macintosh
  • mantelpiece - mantlepiece
  • milligram - milligramme
  • movable - moveable +
  • Muslim - Moslem
  • nosy - nosey
  • OK - okay
  • phoney - phony
  • saccharine - saccharin +
  • sheikh - sheik
  • siphon - syphon
  • swap - swop
  • Tsar - Czar +
  • veranda - verandah
  • whirr - whir +
  • yoghurt -- yogurt
Racket can be spelled racquet when used to refer to a bat with strings which is used for playing a game such as tennis or squash.
Many verbs can end in either '-ise' or '-ize'.
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